Couture, as we know, is all about the craft – and the most explicit way of showing that off is through eveningwear because it dazzles and it shines of expertise, time, and knowledge and it belongs to an extravagant world that not all that many of us get to inhabit. Armani Prive is all about that world – and if you thought you had seen all the possible variations and interpretations of a gown, you're wrong. Mr Armani will have another up his sleeve – and then some more too.
But where couture so easily lends itself to a notion of Cinderella and fairytale dresses – which will most likely be seen at Elie Saab tomorrow – Armani wanders along slightly more classic and conservative realms, his more an old-world Hollywood, a point he compounded this evening as Veronica Lake waves accompanied every look as they wafted down the catwalk. Because that is exactly what happened (and happens) at Armani, so light and delicate were the offerings – blouson jackets to match equally shapely little shorts to bring a playful element to those who haven't quite grown into their gowns yet.
The styling was sweet – and sparkly: little bejeweled socks were joined by little booties or flats that tied with ribbon. It all shimmered and sparkled, as it always does and as it always should. At every turn, there was an apparent sense of youthfulness among the ruffles and flounces and intricate beadwork. If you're an Armani customer, this will have suited you just fine.