25 January 2012 by

Couture Week Show Report: Armani Prive

Despite Jessica Chastain’s limelight-stealing and heart-warming FROW moment (the flame-haired actress discovered she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her turn as Celia Foote in 'The Help' and received a rapturous applause from the audience and a big bouquet of flowers from the ever-dapper Giorgio himself) the fash pack were just as enthralled by Armani’s latest couture offering.

Twitterers blasted the internet with enthusiasm over the colour palette – earthy tones of green, silver, taupe and brown – but we were equally struck by the amazing use of texture and sheen that Giorgio used to bring these, what can be sludgy colours, to full and fabulous couture life.

Reptilian shiny finishes, fine body-contouring net-coverings along with sequin and micro Swarovski crystal beading all danced and shimmered around Armani’s womanly but structured and purposefully constructed silhouettes of collarless jackets, sweeping ankle-skimming skirts, and deep organic folds, twists and pleats.

His signature form-flattering A-lister-favourite gowns were flourished with that most fashiony of editors’ stylings – the slung-over-the-shoulders jacket. That’s how we’d rock the red carpet, anyway.

It was a kind of look into the future that seems soft and easy, not harsh, robotic and unapproachable. In fact, those sharp champagne satin trousers could fit in nicely to our wardrobes at any given moment…

Armani Prive’s press release announced that this collection was “Nature’s gift to itself”, but we can’t help but feel that this may be a greatest gift for Jessica’s now certain-to-be over-analysed Oscar red carpet walk…


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