Emporio Armani Fall/Winter 2016

by Paige Reddinger

Emporio Armani looked like a postcard from the Memphis Movement, the Italian design and architecture group founded by Ettore Sottsass in the early ’80s. Colorful, graphic geometry was the focus of nearly every piece in the collection and it was fun trip back in time. There were all of the silhouettes inherent to the era like mini skirts, cropped and oversized blazers, and big shoulders. There was even a Molly Ringwald-esque boiler hat and pant suit ensemble that resembled a grown-up version of the ’80s starlet’s signature look from Pretty in Pink.

The theme looked best when it was exaggerated in patterns, like a lime green, citrus, and bubble gum pink geometric dress with a matching blazer or in bursts of color like a bright green velvet blazer or multi-colored stripe fur coat worn over a square patterned dress. The striped angora sweaters with smiley faces set the lighthearted tone for the collection. Cue Pharell’s Happy.

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