Somewhere between the finest silk manufactories of the Far East and the traditional tailors of Savile Row, Giorgio Armani dreamt up his Spring 2014 Couture collection. Pinstriped trousers were paired with silk-trimmed jackets, which bore a strong resemblance to traditional Thai garments. Similarly, tailored silk blazers were worn with iridescent organza, silk, and gazar sarongs. Yards of fabric casually thrown over the models’ shoulders were reminiscent of Indian saris, while silk scarves wrapped around their heads gave the whole presentation a very bohemian, gypsy feel. If you’re looking for ethnic references, this collection is filled with them.
One of Armani’s greatest strengths is his perfect mastering of menswear for the female form.
One of Armani’s greatest strengths is his perfect mastering of menswear for the female form, and he depends heavily on that in this collection. Tailored, printed trousers were used to elongate models’ legs, while jackets were worn over bare skin for a suggestive wink at sensuality. His unique brand of tailored suit separates was also updated for the night, done in glittering mesh and paired with twenties-inspired, beaded, bejeweled bonnets.
Having outfitted the CEOs and First Ladies, Armani turns his attention to the upcoming Oscars. Remaining within his comfort zone with a palette of navy blues and creams, the designer presented a series of breathtakingly beautiful gowns. While the shape and structure was nothing revolutionary, the layers of crystal-embroidered crinoline and lace made for a couture presentation in the truest meaning of the words. Look 43, a simple strapless dress, was anything but ordinary in the hands of Giorgio Armani, covered in crystals, pailletes, and rhinestones forming an intricate, almost baroque pattern. For the rest of the awards season, Giorgio Armani can sit back and hum along to the brilliant words of Coldplay’s Chris Martin; look at the stars, Giorgio, look how they shine for you.
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