When attending an Armani Privé show, observing the audience is almost as fascinating as watching the show: a bejewelled front row in couture gowns--mostly composed of old movie stars--and frantic clapping at the sight of especially glittery dresses.
The show also proved to be a moment of Dolce Vita. In a symphony of nude tones, the collection explored vintage glamour, starting with casual, tailored suits, either worn with fluid silk trousers or a skirt with a gentle flare. Feathery neckpieces, clutches and plenty of Swarovski crystal embellishments completed the movie star chic look.
Cocktail-wear grew a tad more experimental, adding shimmery snakeskin, fluffy fur sleeves or Art Deco prints to the sheer silhouettes--all in a subtle camaïeu of cream, ivory and powder pink.
Nightwear seemed influenced by the 1920s, fit for a contemporary Daisy Buchanan: floor lengths numbers with bejewelled collars, metallic appliqués, contrasted by a generous use of lace, for another layer of retro action.
Indulgent, movie première friendly, Armani will continue to please his diamond-studded fans.