Emporio Armani mixes geographies and eras

COLEEN BARRY
The Associated Press
Modified: February 25, 2013 at 4:09 pm •  Published: February 25, 2013
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Velvety neoprene dresses rounded out the looks, some with billowing skirts, others with a sculptural wrap. The final piece was a red hourglass evening gown with bare arms for bracelets and a low V for a tangle of jeweled necklaces. The look was finished with a bejeweled bowler hat and ruby red slippers.

Otherwise, shoes are lace-up men's styles or comfortable flats with some heeled booties. Armani takes care of the hair question with a series of hats, mostly bowlers but also some Flapper-inspired caps with jeweled brooches.

Armani said through this collection he wanted to "propose something to be contemporary without losing dignity." It's a theme he has taken on in the past, the anti-vamp, using the influence of his runway to counter what has become the prevalent female media image in Italy, as sex object.

Singer Fergie attended one of the preview shows, along with Italian director Gabriele Salvatores.