Giorgio Armani RTW Fall 2011
Bellissima! Giorgio Armani called his fall collection Boudoir, and in his program notes provided insight that can trigger thoughts of “yikes.” For the Armani woman “as reflected in the mirror of her own fantasies,” it read. But rather than spiral into equal parts feathered seduction and mainstream dominatrix, Armani played to a woman’s fantasy of pure chic, one tempered by a relaxed young attitude. It made for one of his best collections in memory.
From the boudoir motif Armani took dusty, powdery shades of pink, alone and in combination with black and grays. The biggest news here: gorgeous evening dresses. They came in pinks with variously achieved shine — in the fabric itself, crystals, paillettes — and included several variations on the alternative ballgown: natural-waist bodice over gentle, not too full A-shaped lantern skirt that stops at the ankle. Here, the bedroom theme surfaced differently; these were a dream.
That same lantern shape took on an entirely different guise for day, in a pair of sober black looks that nodded at the Edwardians by way of Yohji. He also offered a major pants statement with amply cut trousers cuffed above the ankle. These were paired with any number of jackets, whether slouchy and mannish or short and flirtatious, or a frothy jewel-flecked gray tulle for a charming take on a bed jacket. It all worked beautifully. So much so that there was no need for Armani to, quite inexplicably, insert a dress with a giant photo-print self portrait. This lineup needed no such market; it was all Armani, at his best.
*The above are a few of my favorite looks from the collection*