Armani Privé turns to trousers for Haute Couture Spring 2013
It was all about the trouser at the Armani Privé Haute Couture Spring / Summer 2013 show in Paris yesterday. Giorgio Armani chose the humble trouser as the linchpin for his latest couture offering. It was perhaps a throwback to his formative years adapting men's tailoring for women.
Sleek, ultra-slim and shiny are three ways to describe the trousers that Armani has designed for the couture woman. Each was paired with a embellished waistcoat or a neat jacket with sharp lines. Some trousers were even worn beneath dresses - something we saw in the Alexis Mabille show earlier this week. But it wasn't all about the trouser - equally distributed throughout the collection was a generous helping of traditional feminine pieces. These included puffed sleeves, long satin dresses, fishtail hems, full skirts, and super gloss finishes.
Armani wasn't afraid to play with prints either. There were some patterns that held a distinct tribal feel and combined with his modern interpretation of the traditional fez hat. Backstage he referred to this collection as "an echo of different cultures. As if you're touring the world and taking different references from different cultures and you obviously make them more for today's world."
One of the strongest elements of this collection were the accessories. In addition to the fez hats, he laden his models with bags and shoes in coordinated tribal prints, chunky wooden jewellery, and oversized straight bar pins and fastenings.
It was another celebrity studded front row for the Armani Privé show. The event attracted a hoard of stars including Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, Livia Firth, Mary Charteris, Amber Le Bon and Claudia Cardinale. That's what you call quite a show!
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