Fall 2015 Couture at Armani Privé told the tale of Giorgio Armani and the Technicolor Dream Collection — a vibrant affair that cobbled together Studio 54 glamour, relaxed bohemia, and calculating showmanship.
In the world of fashion, there are two overarching desires: the designer’s and the client’s. This season, Armani put his desires ahead of his client’s, aiming to please his own sensibilities.Thankfully, in this Venn diagram, there was plenty of overlap, as Armani’s creations happened to err on the extreme side of spectacle and glitz. One might argue that this is exactly what his clients crave, whether he considered them in the proceedings or not.
The theme was ‘Shocking’, which could have described anything in the collection from the lurid palette of hot pink, turquoise, emerald, and royal blue to the astonishing amount of sparkle that came from the collection’s glittering Lurex chenilles, clinquant decoration, tinseled fringe, and prismatic textures. For daywear, models were illuminated with brilliantly colored blazers, shrunken jackets, and tinseled tops, while below they sported relaxed velvet trousers, silk drawstring skirts, and sparkling jet-black pants. Silhouettes were elongated and casual, but their surfaces were anything but reserved — why whisper when you can shout?
Eveningwear was where the real showstoppers dwelled. A shaggy feathered coat in electric peacock hues could not have been more gorgeous, while stunning gowns came decorated with tufts of feathers, unfinished hems, ombré fades, and navy plumes woven into mesh. There were fully feathered gowns, disco-ball gowns, and phosphorescent jumpsuits paired with royal-blue velvet jackets that would have been right at home in Prince’s closet. With his creative integrity fully intact and patrons abuzz at the presentation, this dizzying display of decadence helped Armani score a big win at Paris Couture Week.
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