Sunday, June 12, 2011

Paris Haute Couture 2011: Armani Privé Spring – Summer 2011

Paris Haute Couture 2011: Armani Privé Spring – Summer 2011

Paris Haute Couture 2011: Armani Privé Spring – Summer 2011 preview & pictures: Special preview: Giorgio Armani’s Privé Haute Couture collection is inspired by a treasure-chest of jewels.

As Paris settled into sleep last night, craftsmen were working around the clock, installing a ‘cavern of crystals’ to showcase Giorgio Armani ‘s Privé collection, which will be shown on the opening day of the Haute Couture season, today.

Armani, the 75-year-old Italian couturier, has taken inspiration for his spring/summer collection from a treasure-chest of jewels, to create dazzling gowns certain to be seen on the red carpet at next month’s Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Encrusted with crystals and stones cut like diamonds, the slim, modernist gowns sparkled like stars in the night sky, at an exclusive preview for The Daily Telegraph yesterday.

Even the heels of the models’ shoes and the fuschia lipstick on their mouths were enhanced with shimmering, coloured crystals, while their eyes were just visible beneath metallic halo-hats, designed for Armani by the London-based milliner, Philip Treacy.

This spring/summer Paris season for Haute Couture, the expensive ‘grande dame’ of the fashion world, is set to be one of the busiest ever, despite the recession, with major couture ‘maisons’ such as Christian Dior and Elie Saab, reporting increased sales from wealthy clients.

Christian Dior , whose collections are designed by the British couturier, John Galliano , has doubled its seating for today’s show to cope with increased demand for tickets, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily, the American fashion industry newspaper.

A total of 20 couturiers are featured on the official schedule of haute couture’s ruling body, the Chambre Syndicale.