The show was called 'Shocking', and an invitation, a set, and a first look radiant with bright pink. Armani opened with two Shocking jackets, one, with a peplum, in Lurex-shot chenille over black velvet pants, the other, a lean, elegant crepe over color-blocked pants in velvet and satin. The shocking pink–washed backdrop of the show set the tone but Armani soon unleashed hues that boldly mixed that fearless color with brilliant lapis blue, and emerald and tourmaline greens, often in shimmering metallic effects, or dazzled with Swarovski crystals like the aurora borealis.
“For once I’m not thinking about my clients’ needs,” laughed Giorgio Armani during a preview of his Armani Privé collection. “I wanted to express my creativity! My first inspiration was to bring my drawings to life,” he continued, “to have all the girls look the same—black hair cuts, a similar allure, like a sketch.”
As if to reinforce the illusion of an illustrator’s strong painterly line, Armani defined the collection with felt pen streaks of black velvet—for the narrow line of a pant leg.
As precise and shiny as the clothes were, they had a rawness with their tattered threads and shagginess. Armani explored an infinity of textures with his feathers, knots, and fringing. There were dresses that looked collaged from scraps of fabric.
This was definitely a collection for the dark and decadent night.
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