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Armani offers fashion pearls of wisdom for summer
Ladylike is Armani's message to women for the spring-summer 2012
By The Associated Press

MILAN (AP) ' "A pearl of a lady" is how designer Giorgio Armani defined his 2012 woman.

His Spring/Summer 2012 collection at Milan fashion week was created out of fabrics that have the iridescence of a precious pearl and the lightness of a feather.

Speaking to reporters after the ultra feminine collection presented Monday, the last day of Milan shows, Armani said his lady was sweet but "also very determined."

Armani departed from the dress-and-skirt look proposed by most designers during the current round of summer fashion, favoring wafer-thin trousers delicately slit in the front. He pairs them with a jacket, cut on the bias and devoid of collar and buttons, or allows them to peep out from under a skirt or dress.

Water is another theme for the collection, with iridescent aquamarine and white silk for satin gowns with sequins, which sparkle on the outfits like a morning dew.

Dress hemlines range from knee to ankle, and are cut from ultra light-fabrics that caress rather than hug the body.

Mixing night and day, Armani paired his evening wear with flats, saving high heels for daytime dressing.

For the finale, Armani sent out three models in identical see-through strapless evening gowns, chastely covered in a shower of raindrop sequins.

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