09/20/2012 10:38 EDT | Updated 11/20/2012 05:12 EST

Emporio breathes youth into spring collection of fluid knitwear, silk tops, soft pants

MILAN - Emporio Armani is Giorgio Armani's second line aimed at a younger client, and that is just where the "maestro" was headed in his latest spring-summer collection presented Thursday.

Teenage models strolled down the runway in sweet pastel silk shorts, their curly hair brushing the shoulder of the matching tapered jacket. Ballerina flats tied in a demure silk ankle bow, dainty leather driving gloves, and a sporty pastel bucket bag completed the ingenue look.

In his show notes, the designer called his spring style "clean," which he went on to say meant "a way of being and expressing yourself that is simple and natural, never too affected."

Natural colours with touches of opaque gold and bronze underlined the down to earth feel of the collection.

There is a good deal of layering in the Emporio collection, with fluid knit-wear, silk tops and jackets with small shoulders and a barely marked waist combining with either a short skirt or a pair of soft straight pants gathered at the bottom, to create a well put together, young look.

An extra large, light silk scarf tied at the neck by a metal half-moon clasp adds yet another youthful touch to the collection. Far away from the runway, the scarf can also add a breath of fresh air to an old closet favourite.