For anyone who wasn’t convinced after Louis Vuitton’s resort preview that bows will be a major trend come the next ready-to-wear season, Armani Privé sealed the deal with an undeniably chic and elegant, bow-tie-heavy collection.
Many of the suits in fact appeared reminiscent of the late Yves Saint Laurent.
While it is to be expected that Armani’s collection isn’t as colorful as that of John Galliano for Dior or Christian Lacroix (a collection inspired by insects!), Armani showcased what he does best – muted-colored, easy, loose-fitting, unstructured pant suits, that for the most part veered toward minimalism with a hint of androgyny and Studio 54 glam.
That said, there were wonderful details making for perfectly fitting suit jackets, tops, and dresses along with interesting new takes on the traditional silhouettes we have come to associate with Armani. Though the silhouettes might only flatter select figures, Armani showcased innovative, high-waisted trouser shapes that featured delicate pleats and were just long enough to cover the models ankles (perfect for showing-off the shoes, many of which had animal skin tips, another trend sure to pop-up in next season’s ready-to-wear).
Besides pantsuits, there was a great deal of pearl beading and plays with black and white when it came to the collection’s dresses — giving many of the evening gowns an updated 80’s vibe (think — Melanie Griffith in Working Girl).
Photos courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.