If you weren’t exactly crazy about the opening looks of the Armani Privé Spring 2015 Couture collection – which felt a little mature and a lot dated – we hope you stuck it through until the end, because this time around patience is its own reward. Past the bamboo print and the subtly tropical, contempo-casual beginnings lies a rich, stunning collection imbued with playful qualities that traded on exquisite textures and Asiatic elements.
In the thick wilds of uncharted Southeast Asia, there are bamboo forests that stretch for miles. Nearby civilization takes little notice of their presence, but Armani noticed them, and his infatuation with bamboo became the cohesive theme of the collection. An elongated, tailored silhouette dominated the show, with iconic Armani interpretations of menswear carrying forth a confident message. Supple folds of glossy printed fabric encircled the body in the form of collarless jackets, which later give way to floaty, sequin-sprayed tops. In fact, this collection was filled with sparkling elements, glittering items that suggested tropical nights. Eveningwear lavished attention on the décolletage with sleeveless and one-shouldered looks, and, when earthy, prismatic dyed gowns weren’t sprouting tufts of feathers and florid branches, they were tied up in orderly obi bows. Armani’s couture craftsmanship is as close as the safari look will ever come to being elevated to the upper echelons of high fashion.
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