For all the talk of Giorgio Armani being a minimalist precursor in the 80s, softening the lines of tailoring and purifying, he is also a designer with a wilfully eccentric side.
That was celebrated in a Milan exhibition launched at the same time as his SS13 collection, with jewel-like scarabs, beetles, fish, crabs, butterflies, dolphins and birds gleaming from brooches to buckles, alongside idiosyncrasies of proportion and pattern through dresses and tailoring.
In a further focus on the multifaceted this evening, his new collection was titled Kaleidoscope. On the catwalk, light shimmered with rhinestone-studded heels, crystals and reflection over black, turquoise and grey. With a constellation of stars on navy blue for evening.