I’ve always loved Armani. The clothes he designed have been an epitome of style and even the way the name slipped off the tongue felt elegant. That elegance, however, was often very substantial, grown-up to the point of being mature, something that a woman of a certain age would reach for whenever in need of looking her very best and most beautiful, say, the Oscars.
Armani Prive Couture Spring/Summer 2014–While last couture season Armani focused on nude, the spring-summer 2014 Armani Privé collection looks toward deep blues and navies for guidance. A loose-fitting silhouette produced billowing skirts as well as silky pants for the presentation. The designs feature a range of influences, but most apparent are the North African touches including long headscarves, short and tailored jackets as well as vests with rich embroideries. Focusing on the red carpet, evening gowns embrace a slinky silhouette teamed with top to bottom crystal decorations.
Undoubtedly feminine, the collection played upon a man’s wardrobe to great effect: printed silk tie fabrics made for pyjama suits and tailored blazers over double layered pencil skirts – which looked lovely when they appeared as a triple model outing – while off-the-shoulder jackets over billowing pleated trousers and bustier dresses of layered lace and brocade gave the designer’s legion of fans plenty to think about.
The dresses – every one fit for the award-winning actress they’re intended for – were red-carpet perfection: subtle in shape but elaborate in construction. Not veering far from slate grey and blue, they combined Armani’s authority and experience with every fashion lover’s dream: light but not frothy, translucent but demure, sparkling but not obvious – if you’re taking on the world’s limelight, you can’t really go wrong in an Armani.