The ethereal meets the practical on Armani Privé’s Fall 2013 Couture runway in what is the brand’s best couture showing to date. Cultivated to complete a cohesive vision by Armani that takes inner beauty to the exterior, this presentation was shimmering, statuesque, and stunning. When viewed as a whole, there is an apparent 1930s influence at work with slim waists, long lengths, and big shoulders. It is this influence that results in the most womanly and confident silhouette the runway has seen all season.
The show begins with a simple, yet alluring, series of monochrome daywear looks comprised of simple single- and double-breasted jackets atop flouncy midi-length skirts and loose, beautifully tailored trousers. Though this ‘Nude’ collection plays to all spectrums of the nude rainbow, there are reprieves from the shade with some inky-black looks. One is a slip dress made from slippery layers of silk beneath delicate embroidered black Spanish lace; another is a slinky gown that alternates paillette rows with strips of PVC leather. Fur makes timely appearances on a fitted jacket with voluminous, jutting fur sleeves and a single heavenly cloud that is a peach-colored fur coat. A few restrained pieces make a quiet statement on the runway, like a shiny python-leather blouse and an elegant knee-length tunic in eggshell white. Many looks are adorned with an Art Deco-inspired spray of black feathers at the neck. Finally, the closing looks are long gowns made from sequined silk and lace that float like the stuff princesses’ dreams are made of. This fairytale display of finery keeps to an understated mood, and, for that reason, it stands out from the rest in a big way.
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