It’s business as usual over at Emporio Armani. There was the seemingly endless procession of 100-plus outfits, transporting viewers from boardroom through highway to red carpet (and myriad pit stops in between) in rapid succession. Then there were the overwhelming shades of grey, Armani’s chosen vernacular to communicate his northern Italian sensibility and rigorous Milanese work ethic. But with the title “Illusion”, there’s bound to be more than meets the eye. Grey was the dominant tone, but it was the iridescent mineral of crushed stones. Wool took on a fur effect to become a subtle astrakhan or moiré. Shorter jackets closed high. Unexpected flashes of faux fur replaced entire fronts, while lustrous pony and velvet added texture. There’s simply no taking your eyes off Armani’s magic.