It was hard not to leave Giorgio Armani's show this morning with a smile--the clothes were flirty, the faux-hawked models looked almost-happy as they sauntered down the runway in twos, and the final one did an actual 360-degree twirl in the middle of the catwalk. (Can this please happen at every show? I mean, why not?) It was also MFW's last big show, which probably had a lot of people relieved, whether they were headed home or to Paris.
Armani didn't go experimental the way some designers have this season but rather, he went in a light, fluid, and relaxed direction. The show opened with easy grey short and skirt suits and gradually added in pops of solid color with blouses, jackets, or accessories. Then, there were painterly prints with a focus on blue. Just about every look hit above the knee; skirts and dresses moved gracefully and effortlessly as the models walked.
Our favorite looks came towards the end. There were a series of pink printed dresses that looked dreamily pretty--almost like they'd been put through an Instagram filter. And then: the beautiful, delicate, and sparkling eveningwear, which Armani set us up for with a moment. Three models came out and stopped at the back end of the runway, all wearing OTT gigantic square hats. It was pretty major until the pink one fell off because it was so ridiculous even a model couldn't wear it.
It all felt very '90s--though, sometimes the clothes did too, and not in a good way. There were a few other things we weren't sure about as well, like these flip flop/ankle boot hybrids, which we have a very hard time getting on board with.
The model at the end who twirled (wearing a dress that demanded such movement) made up for it though--it was a charming ending to a charming collection. Well, except for those shoes.