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Armani Privé Haute Couture SS15 Line Up Flowing Skirts
From left, Vittoria Ceretti (Elite), Manuela Frey (Elite), Alex Yuryeva (Silent), Anastasia Lagune (Premium) + Vasilisa Pavlova (OUI) backstage at Armani Privé Haute Couture SS15Photography Lea Colombo

Armani Privé Haute Couture SS15

Structured judo belts and a reworked bamboo motif make up Armani’s Far East fantasy

TextSusie LauPhotographyLea Colombo

Initial reaction:

Bamboo serenity. Or bamboozled. Armani has often looked to different parts of Asia to compliment his own brand of Italian ease and so it is that he picked up on the feng shui properties of the bamboo plant. The entire collection was imbued with auspicious chi energy as the bamboo motif took shape – as a watercolour print, as intricate beading and as delicate embroidery. A soothing palette of greens, creams and white went hand in hand with Armani’s penchant for luxurious daywear. For the evening, night fell and silk and satin column dresses were rendered in midnight blue. The other central running motif was the stiffened judo belt placed asymmetrically around every trouser, skirt and dress. This abstracted obi balanced out proportions and tied Armani's Asian theme up neatly.  

House of bamboo:

Bamboo constructed out of clear plastic formed poles that lined the catwalk – a starkly modern take on a subject that has graced Chinese and Japanese art for thousands of years.  

Stand out looks:

A jade green stole made up of strips of organza to look like shredded up bamboo and the sheer tulle skirts embroidered with bamboo prints worn over blue and silver stripes.