Giorgio Armani’sfantastically ladylike Armani Privé Fall 2014 Couture show pumped out feminine looks with a retro twist. Jackets and coats were presented in trapeze cuts and voluminous textures, which were balanced with tap shorts, slim pencil skirts and lean trousers. However, Armani’s lady was hardly pious; underneath the dizzying volumes of his coordinated separates we spied lacquered leather bustiers and corsets.
Although the lively presentation called upon silhouettes from the 40s and 50s, the clothes were given a modern update with artistic embellishments that ranged from fuzzy textures and graphic patterns to abstract prints and shape-shifting patchworked appliqués. These playful elements helped advance the presentation beyond the predictable, and certainly helped underscore the couture mood of the collection. In a vixenish palette of jet black, crimson, and pure white, Armani extracted drama from his costume-like eveningwear. Swaddled in mesh netting and amped with layers of chiffon, glitter, and sequins, his closing looks signaled a party atmosphere – yet underneath these astonishing veils were streamlined gowns in Mikado silk and “wet look” flattened sequins. For the well-bred and the well-to-do, this collection is a treasure trove of sensational, feminine looks that brings qualities of yesteryear into focus for the modern era.
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