Giorgio Armani Privé Fall-Winter 2013-2014 Couture Fashion Show

THIS evening’s Armani Privé show was a study in lightness. Entitled Nude, it was a medley of shades that wandered on the paler side of the spectrum: flesh, oyster and pearl with smatterings of black only to break it all up.  

At times, it was as though the models weren’t wearing clothes at all, so barely-there were the tones of what they wore: wide-leg trousers, high waists, long coats and lots of lace.

Flowing from the shoulder, everything (including the classic Armani jackets) had an ease to it. These were pieces you could imagine anyone travelling with - no overblown eveningwear here, instead agile bias-cut gowns in satin ready to be packed off and worn somewhere wonderful.

“Armani often seems very monumental. This was more accessible and prettier for it,” pointed out Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, noting a faint nod to the Twenties. The girls wearing their hair in marcel waves that fastened into a bun at the back, a feeling that this was a modern woman’s take on the decade even though these weren’t flapper dresses on show.

But there were plenty of plissé fabrics and Swarovski embellishments to make for razzle dazzle - so that the girls became a shimmering presence on the catwalk, holding their dainty little clutch bags as they went, and ending in a finale of ethereal haze: drop-pearls and lace settling like snow on more elegant gowns.

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