The Armani Prive Spring-Summer 2012 show for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on Tuesday made onlookers green with envy, taking a cue from reptiles and amphibians for the collection.
Italian designer Giorgio Armani was inspired by German author Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis about a man who is transformed into a insect-like creature. Armani used this allegory to design a collection for a woman who is at first calm and easy and then is drawn out of her own skin with reptile texture, green bug hues and snake prints.
The 44-piece collection was predominately green-hued organza for the neon reptile vibe. Using virtually every shade of green, from Kelly green to bright chartreuse to deeper forest hues Armani contrasted the sea creature vibe with buffers of mesh and netting, embellished Swarvoski crystal adornments and shiny metallics and sequins to denote the modern day insect-reptile.
Accentuating the hourglass, Armani focused on a nipped waist and sleek silhouette, some bolder than others, some showing more skin than others. Armani's signature statement jackets, as always, had bold, constructed shoulders with lean peplums thrown in the mix.
Aside from the collection, actresses Cameron Diaz and Jessica Chastain held front row seats as the heavy bass pulsated at the Grand Palais in Paris. News of an Oscar nomination for Chastain held up the show as the audience applauded The Help actress for her first bid for Best Supporting Actress.
I love the green look, Chastain said of the collection as she watched from the front row. So stylish and so elegant with the embroiderings.
The line included some 44 pieces of evening gowns and jackets fusing the sci-fi creature vibe with reptile-inspired details and grosgrain lurex and geometric crinoline traditional Armani suit, cut with slopes and points for a smooth but tailored fit.
Some of the more memorable pieces included a rhinestone embellished jacket resembling a crocodile, a green silk bustier skirt combo with sequin and shimmer-details and shawl comprised solely of green crystals to look like scales.
Armani teamed up with Philip Treacy to design the accessories inspired by sea creatures.
Despite struggles within the economy, sales for Giorgio Armani's Prive rose by 50 percent, not including profits from his Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani lines.
Check out photos from the Armani Spring-Summer 2012 show at Paris Fashion Week.