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It's a pretty good week for couture--if you consider there's not much critics don't hate. They praised Giorgio Armani for his "nudie" show--an elega

It's a pretty good week for couture--if you consider there's not much critics don't hate. They praised Giorgio Armani for his "nudie" show--an elegant vision of '30s glamour--and at Chanel, felt the future was bright.

Armani Privé Designer: Giorgio Armani

  • "Giorgio Armani seemed to strip the body bare in a classic couture collection Tuesday that came with a twist and was entitled simply, 'Nude.'" [Associated Press]
  • "The focus was more specifically nude. It’s a subtle tone and somewhat limiting, but Armani managed to work with it for almost the entire collection." [The Daily Beast]
  • "It showed Mr Armani and his atelier at their most subtle and delicate best." []
  • "Perhaps with dressing a new generation of A-listers in mind, there was an ethereal lightness to much of the work--and indeed the workmanship involved in its creation--that was good to see." [Grazia Daily]
  • "This season, Armani got to grips with the sensuality that is so integral to haute couture." [

    The Independent]

  • "Elegant it most certainly was." []
  • "So: Think of the name Giorgio Armani and what it conjures. Gray, austere, superefficient pantsuited tailoring for the professional woman would be one likely image. Well, scrub that. This evening, he delivered something wholly opposite: softness, sensitivity, delicacy, romance—a sustained tour de force of utterly lovely dresses." []
  • "It was indeed a medley of shades that wandered on the paler side of the spectrum: flesh, oyster and pearl with smatterings of black only to break it all up." [ UK]
  • "Taking a breather from futuristic experiments and far-flung multicultural references, Giorgio Armani went back to terra firma--Thirties glamour--and delivered one of his strongest Privé collections in recent seasons." [WWD]

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Chanel Designer: Karl Lagerfeld

  • "A modernist couture collection." {AFP]
  • "A dark, expressionist-tinged fall-winter 2013 collection." [Associated Press]
  • "Drop-waisted, flared short skirts, sometimes layered over longer ones, worn with wide grey Perspex belts, and slim jackets featuring either Nehru or small, square collars looked especially wearable and relevant." [

    The Daily Telegraph]

  • "Decaying, dusty grandeur might be the last thing you’d expect to see at the Paris haute couture, where a single dress might cost upwards of £100,000, but the effect--with an opera medley playing in the background--was magical." []
  • "Once again the couturier maintained all signatures while moving things forward." [Grazia Daily]
  • "The effect--especially when the sun caught the rows of tiny sequins, fracturing the light in the way that sunlight catches on glass--was that the models looked like walking versions of the buildings on the theatrical backdrop." [The Guardian]
  • "The most interesting thing chez Chanel was the overriding focus on daywear. It's something other couture houses woefully forget." [The Independent]
  • "The show was dynamic, not melancholy, in spite of the lush operatic music of 'La Traviata' on the initial soundtrack. Even the tweed suits — often not wool, but woven effects created by embroidery--had an eerie silver gleam." [International Herald Tribune]
  • "The old gave direction to the new and, as well, a kind of harmony that Mr. Lagerfeld knows how to achieve." [On The Runway/The New York Times]
  • "There were period proportions and details—fichus, portrait necklines, volumes and silhouettes that evoked Victoriana, Edwardiana, Something-Elsiana—but there were also fabrics that were not of this world: eerie, diaphanous stuff, glittering circuitry, 3-D effects that felt like Escher." []
  • "Clothes that married the superb haute couture craftsmanship of Chanel’s storied ateliers and the craftspeople who work with them ... with Lagerfeld’s modernist vision of textile innovation, from the washed and crumpled luxe silk failles to the woven and embroidered fabrics so elaborately built up that they resembled multimedia artworks." []
  • "What’s admirable about Karl is he’s always looking towards something new, pressing forward--and we imagine there’d be few that wouldn’t want to join him on that journey." [ UK]
  • "The old and gray provided entrée to the new and dazzling." [WWD]