As Armani enters its 40th anniversary year, it felt fitting that this couture presentation would celebrate the ideas that have been fundamental to the designer during his four decades in luxury.
And so Giorgio Armani looked to the orient – with bamboo printed in jackets and appliqued onto dresses glazed with a veil of shimmering beadwork, obi belts in lavish satin, and a muted colour palette of greys, blue and sage green. “Nature seen through culture,” the notes described. Similarly, earlier in the day, Karl Lagerfeld had invited us into his Chanel paper foliage jungle.
With a foot now into awards season, lavish feather dresses made for especially standout pieces – no doubt soon to swap the catwalk for the red carpet, where they’ll fit in a treat. In a world where fashion moves forward in the blink of an eye, it’s good to sometimes be reminded that true glamour never goes out of fashion.