Bling-bling luxury typified the Giorgio Armani Prive collection in Paris yesterday, with luxe fabrics, streamlined cuts and plenty of shimmering fabrics offering an alternative to the typical clashing brights and exaggerated silhouettes of the couture catwalks.
Texture was all important in the 50-piece collection and provided the most interest, as brushed animal hide and shaggy fur segued through to spidery knit overlays and fringing on daywear, and all-over sequins and filigree brocade for the night time.
While super-plunging necklines and plenty of bare shoulder characterised the post-sunset element of the collection, daywear was more refined as masculine silhouettes dictated the aesthetic, with suiting veering from fitted blazers and body-skimming cigarette pants through to padded shoulders and carrot-shaped trouser styles. Jackets took centre stage and included three-button double-breasted blazers, boxy velvet styles with pouchy shoulders and longer length tuxedo styles trimmed in jewels and slashed through with exposed zips.
Largely based around slate grey and black, Armani kept his offering high octane courtesy of heavy gold and silver fabrics and bolts of colbalt blue and violet.