by Alexander Fury .

Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani Press Days

As the temperature drops to freezing (well, in the office at least), paradoxically the S/S 2011 round of press days has just begun in earnest. First up today is the Armani Empire, straddling New Bond Street with press days for Emporio to our left and Armani mainline to the right. The key piece at the former was the 'body sock' - a somewhat unappealing name for what is actually a rather charming piece of clothing, a stretch-tulle dress that swathes the body as a longer layer beneath neat, graphic dresses or as ruched leggings beneath shorts. The layering theme was also reflected in the menswear, and the semi-transparency echoed in perforated footwear and a neat line in distressed jacquard. Across the street at Giorgio Armani, we were awash in blue for the Tuareg-inspired mainline - from woven raffia evening sandals through embroidered and draped gowns all the way to the collection's leitmotif, a draped silk turban that seems an oddly appealing headwear option come next summer. Maybe Signor Armani can make them in a hardy waterproof gabardine for our somewhat less balmy British summertime?