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Emporio Armani S/S 2011: Milan Fashion Week

The term "fancy girl" scares me; fortunately, the Emporio Armani show did not. It was the fancy girl who played muse to Armani this season, as he attempted to give the girl vivacity and glamour.
Fancy may have been the muse, but the frou-frou, girly pieces that ensued indicated a classiness with the right amount of attitude.
The minimalist-chic girl that dominated the runways for the past few seasons was given a dash of fanciful tulle. Tulle, or stretch tulle to be more specific, was the cornerstone of this collection. Ruched tube skirts and sheer leggings acted as key layering pieces for the other looks, including everything from shorts to tunics. 
It is common for Armani to build a collection around one signature look. However, this season’s layering pieces were far more versatile than past collections that focused on a hat or pair of trousers. The cocktail dresses were covetable, but the most noteworthy of looks were the monochromatic daywear (including a few jackets that are sure to sell out).
Never one to play it too safe, Armani experimented with textured fabrics – including rubberized raffia and thermo-welded leather tiles. The grey-toned looks that opened the show were by far the most successful, but the "watermelon pink" parade at the end proved slightly less modern.