As longtime fans of the Armani House, and the sublime extensions thereof, we always seem to find ourselves compelled by the the fashion house's audacious and respect-worthy aesthetic. Not much to our surprise, the Armani Privé Couture show featured a collection built on inspiration taken from multiple visually identifiable historic eras and themes.
Strutting down the runway in an elegant-rebellion at the Hotel d'Evreux in Paris, an impressive first look set the tone for the rest of the 86-piece collection, featuring a tailored ensemble characteristic of 1920s menswear masculinity that radiated a beam of light bouncing off the textured metallic fabric - casually blinding the front row of A-list celebrities like Uma Thurman, Celine Dion and Amber Heard. From the beaded Flapper cloche, hats with veils and colours of fire engine red, cobalt and cream hues to motifs and patterns and surface textures taken from the Art Deco era, the show hosted a sense of sheer theatre production glamour - often catapulting back and forth between traditional and new.
As the audience witnessed the collection unfold, they were introduced to the power suit tailoring, larger-than-life earrings, sequin and ruffles of the 1980s with bold shoulders, slim fit jackets and tailored skirts making the cut. Anyone familiar with the history of the fashion house will know that Giorgio Armani was a pioneering force behind the tailored aesthetic and we loved the nostalgic-plugged inclusion noted as an Armani classic.
With styles often repeated throughout with minor changes here and there, we saw the gradual transition of many standard pieces like a shift dress first made out of a geometric printed fabric and then covered in playful fringe, an interesting inclusion that not only contrasted against the tailoring but was done in a very subtle manner involved the notes of Asian aesthetic inspiration.
The show enveloped an enticing range of textures and prints made to showcase the creative direction and the portrayal of the underlying themes. In tribute to the major trends like glitterati, crayola brights, florals and colour blocking all we can say is that we look forward to the next phase of the fashion house's exploration. With shapes and dimensions bridging between ready-to-wear and couture, it's evident that Armani Privé is on the brink of era manipulation and creative flair.
View this post on InstagramModern deconstructed cloche styles covered with thousands of fine silk fringes, many of which are threaded with tiny crystals making them look like delicate strands of light, like true pieces of jewellery #GiorgioArmaniPrivé #pfw Credits: @schohaja
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