The era-mashing trend continued over at Emporio Armani, whose relaxed futurism seemed to blend the thirties with the nineties. The latter came by way of boxy double-breasted blazers with contrast piping, while the former manifest in relaxed pants and knee-length skits that gave off a Deco vibe. Uniform models in blonde flapper bobbed wigs were like walking mannequins – or robots, if you fancy.

Futurist it may have been, but for a large part that was futurism as we know it from the earlier part of the 20th century. If you wanted to look at what’s really new in our forseeable spring 2012 future, it was the chunky clear plastic heels and the removable collars – Armani’s take on which were modern wire-framed outlines.

emporio armani spring 2012

For more of the largely black and white Emporio Armani runway show, as shown at Milan fashion week, click on the thumbnails above.

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