The Armani Paris show presents a must-have brand for the red carpet crowd | Fashion

Giorgio Armani’s Privé show in Paris revolves around the fundamentals of classic vinaigrette. The fashion veteran, who celebrates his 88th birthday this month, showcased crystals, velvet, lamé, sequins and shimmering earrings. The color palette changed from silver and black to pink and lilac with Armani’s dominant midnight blue.

With over 90 outfits, most of the collection looked familiar, having been part of the Armani wheelhouse since its heyday in the 1980s. after dark. Tailoring was strong – evening jackets presented in different silhouettes, from a square sequined design to a long jacquard version with geometric patterns. There were also classic dresses that would no doubt appeal to women with a diary full of black tie events – and a bank balance to fund a new dress. Consider a black velvet strapless dress with a touch of pink on the bodice or a mid-length dress in midnight blue silk organza, embroidered with tiny crystals.

There were also more experimental moments that felt more modern. Some outfits were made with oversized ruffles of fabric giving voluminous shapes, while a long skirt with fabric tied around the waist, almost like a sweater, was a nice addition. Tiny bags – a hot trend recently – were also featured, as were the equally popular transparent resin bags. Dresses with full skirts and soft tulle or silk, and long velvet dresses, seemed like an easy choice for all the upcoming awards ceremonies.

A model presents a creation by designer Giorgio Armani. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

It is now the natural habitat of Armani Privé, a go-to brand for actor red carpet appearances. Ruth Negga wore a tailored black dress to the Tony Awards in June, as did Cate Blanchett, an actor long associated with the brand, at the Oscars in February. Indeed, the brand, which joined the Parisian couture calendar in 2005, now has such notoriety that archive pieces are highly sought after. For the Thor premier in June, Tessa Thompson wore a cutout dress originally on the catwalk in 2011.

Armani, who has seen many governments rise and fall and remained the CEO of his empire, received a standing ovation after this show. Founded in 1975, the label initially focused on workwear, but has now been dressing stars on the red carpet for over 30 years. In 2019, Vanity Fair called him “the inventor of red carpet power dressing.” Jodie Foster was one of the first notable celebrities to wear her clothes, swapping a questionable prom dress design in 1989 for a chic pantsuit, much like the ones on this show, in 1991.

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