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Armani Privé Haute Couture AW14 Susie Bubble Paris
Armani Privé Haute Couture AW14Photography Jacques Habbah

Armani Privé Haute Couture AW14

Ladies in red: Armani sends out a troop of models clad in tulle and polkadots – Susie Bubble reports

Initial reaction:

Out of a Japanese-inspired lacquered black box lined with abstracted video of Armani Privé's ladies in red, emerged a cohesive vision in black, grey and red. Rigorous to begin with in the tailored portion of the show, it wound up seductive – as eveningwear descended into a decadent mass of tulle. Armani might be nearing 80, but the fact he decided to create a human pompom out of tulle to go with a sleek bias-cut evening dress says a lot about his youthful spirit.

Made you think of:

Madonna's video for "La Isla Bonita", bold Tony Viramontes sketches, Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" girls and Yayoi Kusama all rolled into one.

Stand out pieces:

Anything that involved tulle, tulle and more tulle as it engulfed the models, whipping them up into frou-frou tiered skirts and dresses, and covering their faces with headdresses and veils. They often came printed with red or white polka dots and in movement, they looked like ethereal flamenco dancers in a dream sequence.

Last season, Armani turned women into bohemian vision, draped in eastern jewels and finished off with flapper caps. See it below: