Giorgio Armani celebrated his Armani Prive Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2013/2014 Collection on July 2, 2013, in Paris in a show he called “Nude,” explaining that he chose the name because his collection represented “pure elegance, what’s on the inside.” From casual daywear to sexy eveningwear, Armani’s couture fall collection enchantingly proclaimed transparency; with sheer fabrics, nude colors, and plenty of lace, it insisted that nothing be hidden. The theme of his show may have directed some color choices as well, but the light shades worked well with the pale skin of the models.
Like other designers for this season, Armani took heed of the glamorous thirties and forties and endowed the collection with plenty of glitz and glamour. The easy textures and loose constructions are dictated by the clothing’s colors and attitude. Blush, buff, beige, ivory, silver, grey, and black, even with touches of metallic embellishment, just are not consistent with a more rigorously architectural approach. The nude suit was pure style and came alive with a dash of drama in the black feathers around the neck. For pure elegance, how can you improve upon the ice blue satin pantsuit with its long tailored jacket? The dresses are even more tantalizingly gorgeous. Like several other designers, Armani has created some quasi-separates: a sheer pair of trousers that works with this dress or that jacket; a satin midi skirt that can be switched with a knee-length skirt or a pair of satin trousers to wear with (or without) a satin shell and any of several jackets. However they are combined, these shimmering, flowing, teasing garments will bring celebrity to any woman lucky enough to wear one.