Armani Prive shows ladylike chic at Fall 16 show
Armani Prive showed sophisticated and subdued silhouettes at its haute-couture presentation.
Showing on Tuesday night (05Jul16), the third day of Paris Couture Week, Giorgio Armani returned to his elegant ladylike aesthetic with a collection focused on smart, wearable clothes. Proving a magnet for the world’s most glamorous celebrities, the likes of Cate Blanchett, Olivia Palermo and Celine Dion were perched on the front row.
The show opened with a model wearing an ice blue jacket with black piping and matching satin trousers which were printed with a stylised houndstooth. Appealing to the discerning couture client, Armani showed a number of tailored trousers, which came in combinations of black with touches of pale pink and blue, often paired with collarless peak-shoulder jackets. Geometric patterns proved to be a major theme, with graphic houndstooth and woven prints transferred on to A-line coats and jackets which were worn with dhoti-style pants. Models wore hair coiffured into loose buns, with hair teased at the crown of the head, and make-up kept minimal except for a soft brown smoky eye.
Similarly, accessories were kept classy, with models donning heavily bejewelled drop earring and small square totes or clutch bags. The line also showed evening attire with several stunning black velvet gowns, including one stand-out, which had a plunging neckline, low back and black crystal edging. Armani made other grand gestures in the form of a ballgown – the collection’s only one – a black velvet tiered confection with a bow tied at the waist and a dramatic matching headpiece. What made less sense, however, were the embellished pockets added on the chest of the sheer bodice of a mermaid gown. But when he opted for sparkle, Armani achieved elegance, especially in a long sleeved gunmetal grey gown with shimmering mesh top and peplum skirt or the closing look, a conservative column gown made entirely from black sequined fabric and accessorised with layers of pearl necklaces. No doubt these will be snapped up by eager stylists for red carpet events.
Paris Couture Week continues on Wednesday (06Jul16) with Maison Margiela and Jean Paul Gaultier showing.