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Armani Privé

Armani Privé Couture Fall/Winter 2012

VELVET REVOLUTION 

Paris: Though Giorgio Armani has outfitted the decidedly avant garde Lady Gaga, he has never turned his back on the classic looks that have garnered him a loyal clientele (and enormous commercial success). For his current couture outing, he reprised many of the items for which he is known – loose-fitting trousers, tailored collarless jackets – in luxurious materials, including velvet, organza and iridescent taffeta. Armani mainly stuck to his signature tones of black, navy, metallic and greige, but the pinks, magentas and vivid blues he introduces breathed life into the traditional looks. Highlights of the collection included boxy kimono-sleeved tops and a dupioni coat printed with what looked like an image of an aurora borealis. The final passage of evening gowns, mostly velvet dresses studded with glittering jewels, were elegant yet eye-catching, sure to grace red carpets soon. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Long + languid / Hourglass

Color: Black / Silver / Navy / Vivid blue / Pale pink / Bright pink / Magenta / Greige

Key Items: Relaxed pants / Collarless jackets / Kimono-sleeved tops / Eveningwear

Materials: Organza / Velvet / Fluid silks / Spongy neoprene / Taffeta / Dupioni

Print + Pattern: Aurora borealis motif / Color blocking / Ombré

Details + Trim: Draping at neckline / Color blocking / Kimono sleeves / Contrast trim / Beading / Jewel embellishments / Sequins

Accessories + Footwear: Feather headpieces / Jeweled veils / Berets / Large drop earrings / Chunky bangles / Rope necklaces encrusted with jewels / Beaded multi-strand necklaces / Clutches / Minaudieres / Pointy-toe flats

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