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Armani Prive’s Sunset Couture Chic

Godfrey Deeny
July 03rd, 2012 @ 2:04 PM - Paris

Sunset and idea of contemplating a truly fulfilling day was the key to the latest Armani Prive haute couture collection from Giorgio Armani, staged in darkly rosy glory in Paris on Tuesday, July 3.

“I got the idea for this collection while watching the sun go down, sitting on my own terrace,” Armani explained to FWD of his cliff-top view from his luxury villa in Antigua.

For day, he kept things very much monochrome – though in early morning shades of bright blue, wisteria, lavender and, above all, rosy fingered dawn. Armani played with his classic silhouette – keeping jackets taught but pants loose in the insouciant neo-classic style that is his signature. Curvy shouldered tops and flowing coats added to the sense of grace that rippled through the latest polished couture performance by Armani.

But as the show progressed and day turned into evening – and the backdrop lighting turned slowly crimson – the mood grew contemplative. A shantung coat printed in sunset colors, and later a silk overcoat in tree layers of color: lilac, midnight blue and fuchsia.

Aptly, given the inspiration the show’s inspiration, its highlights were the evening dresses – worn by models whose heads were covered in elaborate crystal embroidered veils. These plunging neckline black velvet dresses had all the authority and quietly dramatic panache one expects from Armani.

For his finale, the Milanese designer had a dozen model pose in line at the head of the runway, a Romanian tarogato pipe tune by the famed Dumitru Farcas on the soundtrack capturing the sense of a well-completed day - faintly mournful, moodily fatalistic.


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