The Atmosphere: As part of his One Night Only series (previous events have occurred in London, Tokyo, Peking, Rome and New York), Giorgio Armani took over the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on Tuesday night to show his couture collection. He redecorated a space inside the vast concrete modern art museum to reflect a sort of Armani Casa style, with striped walls in light brown and black. Among the Armani aficionados were actress Zhang Ziyi, wearing an embroidered fuschia jacket and black pants, and the faithful Italian actress Claudia Cardinale, decked out in a greenish gray silk satin pantsuit. Newcomers to the front row included the French actor Alain-Fabien Delon and glamorous Spanish actor Miguel Angel Silvestre, looking, well, glamorous in a navy suit. The Clothes: Unlike many of his past Privé shows, which were based around very specific themes, the designer titled the collection “Nomade,” a general nod to all the beautiful things a wandering woman might pick up along her travels. More importantly, the show seemed just simply and quintessential Armani, from the opening look of an off-white cropped jacket with navy pants to the finale of two strapless gowns that sparkled under the runway lights. Other standouts included a chiffon boat neck blouse worn with double-layered flared pants, and a spaghetti-strap gown with a lace overlay. All of these were rendered in military navy, a bold move away from the more expected beige or black. A cropped V-neck pant suit, entirely embroidered with red and blue crystals, showcased the Milan atelier’s handiwork skills.
The Takeaway: Mr. Armani paid homage to his own work over the years, and the serene collection was an ode to his signatures of elegance that have become part of the vocabulary of modern fashion. His style has become so entrenched in this world, that it was great to see the designer acknowledge his enormous contribution -- especially to couture.
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Long Nguyen is the co-founder and style director of Flaunt. Photos: Imaxtree