Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 14: Armani Prive
A black and red couture playground
The show started with a black lacquered box that opened to unveil an explosion of only red, white and black outfits. With subdued echoes of Japanese-inspirations from the pagoda shoulders and kimono sleeves to origami-cut jackets, Giorgio Armani seemed to be looking back to one of his earlier Japanese-influenced collections from 1981, however this time, the designer's choice of silhouettes and fabrics made him appear dedicated to the future.
The collection featured a variety of interesting new shapes, Armani built cape effects into many of his jackets, which exaggerated the flowing qualities of pique fabrics as the trapeze shape delicately hung over models shoulders.
Focusing on wearable pieces most of the first looks were paired with dainty shorts, pencil skirts and slick tailored pants – emphasising the details of the upper half of the outfit.
In addition to the dominating lacquer shades of red and black, animal prints and red artistic squiggles and dots also made appearance.
As Armani moved into eveningwear, hemlines became longer and embellishments more pronounced. Two fabrics were generously used, veil net and tulle, giving dramatic volume to a number of gowns and making for experimental head pieces.
Multilayer net veils came sprinkled with dots of various sizes, trailing to the floor, worn over streamlined bustier dresses in Mikado silk adorned with sequins or heavy beading.
From Armani's constant influence of perfect tailoring to his new other-worldly pieces, the AW14 Armani Prive Couture lineup had something for every type of women – Manhattan socialite and Italian royalty.