Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 78

STYLE Bazaar MY MOODBOARD The maestro, Giorgio Armani, used red like never before in his Spring 2016 lineup Even at 81, Giorgio Armani is “searching for a new kind of seduction”. And what better way to seduce than with rouge, the red of reds, that made its big debut on the Giorgio Armani ramp for spring. Lacquer, flame, blood, all versions of red—a colour never associated with Armani—were present. Mixed in with his staple blue, black, and grey, they were in jacquard patterns on jackets, on ribbon-like embellishments on skirts, on oversized hats, and as 3D sequins, as jumpsuits, dresses, bags, and shoes. “In this collection, I explored the use of texture, choosing transparent yet stiff fabrics to make perfectly tailored pieces with an almost ethereal appearance...” says Armani. “The lines of garments have been maintained, but their surface has lost weight and opacity.” The use of red, he says, carries forward the same idea. “To me, rouge means searching for continuity without becoming stiff, welcoming the unexpected, and evolution.” n 78 RAMP AND BACKSTAGE: IMAXTREE; INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES: WIKIMEDIA CREATIVE COMMONS / WITH PERMISSIONS; PORTRAIT: COURTESY GIORGIO ARMANI Giorgio Armani’s Spring 2016 moodboard. (Clockwise from left) The designer; backstage at the show; detail of an embroidered jacket; silken ribbons; looks from the ramp; black organza; red threads; a look from the ramp; detail of a bodice; a red chrysanthemum.