MILAN - You could forgive fashion king Giorgio Armani the absence of capes at his Emporio show Friday, after pop diva Madonna blamed one of his creations for her fall at the Brit Awards this week.
The white-haired grandfather of fashion looked unrepentant as he took his bow for a lively autumn/winter 2015 collection based on a palette of soft blues, vibrant pinks, reds and purples, rounded off with a host of bewitching black looks.
Those cursed with unshapely ankles are in trouble: this winter it's all about slim-cut trousers which stop short, leaving a glimpse of bare skin - no cheating with tights mind! - before the masculine, patent leather shoe below.
Red or black butterfly bows adorned shoulders on high-waisted jackets and the front of full-waisted coats, or were transformed into earrings.
Bags were tiny, closed with a metal clasp and worn on long chains under furry gilets or with long frill straps, with classic clutches for the evening.
Among the trends emerging at Milan fashion week is the bedroom look, with Gucci producing furry slippers and Fendi showing off a duvet dress - and Armani did not disappoint, unveiling a pink coat with dressing-gown overtones.
The fat effect is also going large, though Armani took a softer approach, offering just two short-sleeved blue and red dresses in fur and wool, which hung out from the frame down to the knee.
Shoes were shiny in electric reds, purples and blues, with only a pair of sensible wide-heeled high heels for special events -- which should rule out any further stumbles by celebrities dressed by the 80-year old fashion lord.
Madonna blamed her Armani cape for her tumble off the stage at the Brit Awards on Wednesday, after she was unable to untie it during an act.
"Armani hooked me up! My beautiful cape was tied too tight!" she said on Instagram.
The Emporio collection may have been free of dangerous garments, but with the Giorgio Armani show still to come on Monday, there is time for perilous capers yet.