Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Armani Privé ... haute couture fall 2017



Far from being a favorite collection this season I cannot help but speak to the almost ethereal quality that this collection achieves! The reason I point this out is that it is the polar opposite which that other Italian  at the helm of a French heritage brand cannot possibly understand or achieve … you figure it out!
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The exquisiteness of some of the jackets, the delicacy of some of the dresses, the embellishments are what draws me here. Yes tailoring takes a starring role but the absolute explosions of tulle and weightlessness make me dream of the greats of haute couture.  Rarely do we see a collection that is body conscious yet not overtly sexy/nude and yet it is so slick and raffiné. 
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Did I like the prints  ... I don’t think so at all ... did I like the styling ... no I don’t think so..  the kherpresh hats and veiling  why bother? … But even those overly exaggerated pieces awe me as they are what haute couture is all about ... fantasy ... wild imaginings ... overstatement  and unbridled creativity. 
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So let’s go back to the collection which boasts familiar Armani-isms in silhouette but there is a fluidity and softness that plays against the hard tailoring and that is its magnetism; strangely he is one of  the last of great designers who uses silk velvet as a staple for his fall collections when in fact it was as common as a slit in every European collection once upon a time. Going back over the images again, there is plenty not to like here but then again it just all balances out with the elegant and exquisite.