There is very little that can be said about a collection like this one. Anyway, let me try this one … Mr. Armani has raised the bar for effortlessly chic luxe! How’s that?
The collection, which for some odd reason gave off as slightly retro vibe (bell boy hats)as well as a futuristic one, is exquisite from start to finish, warts and all, and I might add that the “warts” are minor blips in the overall presentation. From new meaning to stop the presses daytime slick to drop dead evening, this is a collection to reckon with. Here’s something to chew on, it is a collection with day to evening and everything in between… amazing concept … a real collection! These are not clothes for the supermarket or a quickie run to Walmart but these are clothes which scream maids, staff, appointments, charities and galas. No, these are absolutely not the wardrobe of a soccer mom or an EVP, these are the clothes of Chairwomen, CEO’s, philanthropists, heiresses and arbiters of good taste, make no mistake. One more thing, they must understand the unrivaled chic quotient inherent in these clothes.
Earlier in the week, we were “told” that we had witnessed the new direction for the haute couture with the premiere collection of Raf Simons for Dior. Supposedly he showed us the modern way to view it by re visiting the Dior archives and once again re-imagining Dior, except this time it was for the 21st century. I most definitely have a bone to pick with this so called revelation or epiphany and that would be yes, we witnessed the future of the haute couture this week, except it was on the runway at Prive by Giorgio Armani. What sashayed down the catwalk at Prive was head and shoulders above what was seen at Dior in just about every aspect except for maybe the level of embellishment at Dior or the ennui at Dior! Yes, it is Giorgio Armani who catapulted the haute couture into modern times and per chance, even marked a new direction for what will be henceforth be known as haute couture for the 21st century.
All this being said, note the ease and relaxed attitude of the clothes and above all, keep in mind that he has redefined the meanings of urbane, soigne and raffine. Top that Raf!
P.S. and to quote the illustrious Rod Stewart. “Every picture tells a story!”