Rather than looking back and being swept away in a storm of nostalgia, Giorgio Armani set his sights on the future for Spring/Summer 16 with a reflective mood. "This is an alternative, an evolution," he said. "All designers are terrified of designing looks for the 'sciura' [highly proper Milanese woman]. So I am not thinking of a bourgeois woman but of a modern woman who looks at what is around her, and if she is intelligent she will make it part of her DNA."

The Spring/Summer 16 collection saluted nautical style with a soft palette of red white and blue. Between the suggestive seafaring separates with flag prints, stripes and ropes, a floral pattern also appeared adding a sweet finish to dresses and tunics.

Stripes appeared as the most prominent pattern in the collection. Ranging from thin and barely there, to bold and wide, the variations of the stripe were far reaching: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, straight, wavy and broken.

The silhouettes, whilst feeling well rooted in the house's rules of strong suiting and sportswear emulated an ethereal aesthetic as Giorgio Armani crafted the well-tailored pieces from organza. The overarching mood of the collection shied away from the typical severity associated with suiting and situated itself well within the remits of a breezy summer's eve. Discover the collection in full via the gallery below...