Armani Privé Haute Couture Fall 2010
FWD was on the scene:
“Leave it to Giorgio Armani to remind Paris of arguably the key reason for haute couture in the first place, creating hyper sophisticated fashion for the world’s most stylish women. For fall 2010, the Italian couturier sees women wearing classic movie fashion, the kind smart women like Katherine Hepburn or Lauren Bacall might wear, though with a soupcon of modernity injected through edgy detailing and modernist accessories. “Elegance, with an amber tinted vision,” explained Armani backstage, after this slick show staged in a disused bank in Paris’ Place Vendome and attended by modern thespian stars like Claire Danes, Hugh Dancy, Claudia Cardinale, Isabelle Huppert and Gemma Arterton.”
Claudia Cardinale is a “modern thespian star?”
“His color scheme ran the length from biscuit and barks to caramel and chocolates, so carefully focused was this show, so amber hued the mood.”
“Biscuit and barks to caramel and chocolates,” otherwise known as beige, brown, brown and dark brown to non-fashion reporters.
Yes, we’re being bitches.
“If Armani is any judge – and he remains Europe’s best selling living designer with annual sales set to top two billion euros, or $2.4 billion, this year – then women will soon be wearing pencil skirts carefully draped so they twist around the thighs, and sharply shouldered jackets – heralding a return of the Eighties power look.”
We think this is quite a bit softer than the ’80s power look. Looking at this collection, we’re reminded of something Laura Bennett said to us last winter when we were talking fashion. “I’m so SICK of these complicated origami dresses! When is someone going to go back to making simple, beautiful dresses?” Well, Laura. Here you go.
We love this collection for its understatedness, for its easy chicness, and most of all, for reminding us that haute couture isn’t about making the most complicated and theatrical clothing possible. It’s about making clothing impeccably, honoring skills and traditions that go back centuries.
These are deceptively simple pieces, but we have no doubt that if we had the privilege of seeing them up close, we’d ooh and ahh over every stitch. It helps that look after look is simply beautiful. We’d love to point out the pieces that caught our eye, but frankly, they all did.
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