An Homage to Orange at Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture

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At Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture, a variation on the theme of Orange was more appealing than it sounds on the surface.

If a designer really wanted to challenge themselves they could pick a difficult color that most fashionistas avoid devoting their wardrobes to and create an entire couture collection to it. That is exactly what Giorgio Armani set up for himself for his Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture presentation, whether it was intentional or not. The proposition of a collection devoted to every shade of orange under the sun is an interesting one, to say the least. Fortunately, the Armani atelier boasts skilled artisans aplenty, and so a variation on the theme of Orange was more appealing than it sounds on the surface.

Armani Privé Spring 2017 Couture
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

Shades of sherbet, tangerine, saffron, bitter orange, and pumpkin surged through the collection in looks both daunting and darling. With generations of women devoted to the Armani Privé category, there were ensembles that ranged from mumsy to hippie – and everything in between. For the refined matriarch there were sharply tailored, glittering jackets, and slim-cut trousers, and for the haute hippie, Armani turned out plenty of breezy chiffon kaftans, and tie-dyed shalwar-kameez ensembles.

While orange may be a tough sell for the couture client, the inherent optimism of the shade was actually a welcome distraction from mounting political turmoils across the sea.

Tinges of the Far East and India pervaded throughout the collection, but Armani’s version glittered like a Bombay sunset. We’re talking fully beaded trousers and silk harem pants in – you guessed – multiple shades of orange. If orange simply isn’t your color, Armani offered gorgeous shirred single-shoulder gowns in jet black, as well as fringed capelets covered in glittering bugle beads and slinky dresses in the same midnight shade. Other alternatives arrived toward the end in shades of champagne and gold, which worked particularly well on a sublime devoré lace gown with crystal beading. While orange may be a tough sell for the couture client, the inherent optimism of the shade was actually a welcome distraction from mounting political turmoils across the sea.

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