Emporio Armani Spring 2013 | Runway

Emporio Armani Spring 2013

Emporio Armani Spring 2013 | Runway

Giorgio Armani called his Spring 2013 collection for Emporio Armani "Neat," and that was an apt description: the overwhelming lightness of color and the simplicity of the shapes he sent down the runway were very neat indeed.

The show started with menswear-inspired separates (think Prince of Wales check shorts paired with blazers and jackets, and suiting in shades of taupe and olive green). This faded to airy pieces in the palest pinks and blues, like two short-sleeved cardigans cut from a pleated, sheer material and cocktail dresses so light they fluttered as the models walked down the runway.

But as with all of Armani's collections, this one was strong — not sweet. There was a toughness to a metallic one-shoulder shirt that suggested chain mail and a selection of gently pleated pastel shorts with sheen. There weren't any gowns in this outing, but with so many other ways to sparkle, who needs them?