At a recent exhibition at London’s National Gallery called Making Colour, about the origins of colour in art, I was fascinated to discover how precious and pricey to artists was the shade of blue pigment ground from lapis lazuli stone mined in a distant land.
The blue hues at the Emporio Armani show in Milan brought back that thought about the intensity and beauty of a colour that seems to be connected to nature’s finest things: sky, sea, blue mountains, precious stones such as sapphires, aquamarine and — lapis.
The rebirth of the blues at Emporio’s spring/summer 2015 show was an artful collaboration between blue and white. The clothes carried a sense of salty seaside freshness: brief jackets, cropped pants and blue and white horizontal stripes.
Giorgio Armani was also thinking about texture, from the faded cotton dress that opened the show to an intense shiny bracelet to semi-transparent PVC petticoats peeping out from under skirt hems.
This rhapsody in blue was a little forced, but gave an eerie beauty to what is essentially a sportswear collection. And when Giorgio Armani took his bow, the focus was, of course, on his famously blue eyes.