Armani Privé Fall 2013 Collection

Posted on July 15, 2013

Armani Privé Fall 2013 Collection




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  • Nikko Viquiera

    a collection of fancy dish rags!

    • Vanessa

      Thank you. Does nothing for me.

  • Elana Friedman

    Am I wrong in thinking all of these dresses would look SO MUCH BETTER on dark skinned models? Don’t design a washed out collection for white women. It makes absolutely no sense.

    • StellaZafella

      Wealthy white women of a certain age seem to feel that this color palette is attractive and understated…then they go wear RED.

      • drdarke

        Well, it’s “attractive and understated” for other Women of a Certain Age, @StellaZafella:disqus – for them, they wear red to show I Still Got It, Girlfriend!

        I have to say, my first thought was “How lovely that there’s an entire collection of High-End Sleepwear” and “Was Color Banned, and I Missed Hearing About It?” Oh, and “Help! There are a bunch of models being attacked by Vampire Feathers!”

      • veleri

        most of the models look really older here. maybe it IS a collection intended for older (sophisticated) (boring) women.

        • quiltwombat

          Are you saying that older women are boring? I just want to clarify that, because if you are – shame on you!

          • Levedi

            I think veleri is saying they look like the kind of clothes worn by the boring but sophisticated woman of a certain age, not all women of a certain age. When I’m that age I may have my underwear on my head, but I will not be wearing pale beige all day long. Of course I’m in my late 30s, so the designer probably thinks I’m already old. The collection made me think WASP mother of the bride (except for a couple of the gowns) – the kind of woman who is on the Arts Council, can look respectable under any circumstances, and never, never loses her temper in public.

          • Darren Nesbitt

            No Levedi they don’t think 30 is old lol From what I see in most couture collections they are catering to really OLDER women. This looks like a Downton Abbey wedding gown presentation.

          • veleri

            “This looks like a Downton Abbey wedding gown presentation” preach!

          • Darren Nesbitt

            This collection is targeting the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Not boring just old!

          • quiltwombat

            There’s that one that is horizontal strips in black and beige that is quite dynamic – I can see it on the RC.

          • StellaZafella

            Perhaps it’s bored and sophisticated, like the cover of the new fashion magazine for wealth and style: Ennui ;>)

          • veleri

            nope! oh come on! I’m just saying that most of the outfits make the models look older AND that the colour palette is boring. That’s it! (so maybe some older, however sophisticated, might choose a garment from this collection because of the colour).

            I thought it was clear, however english is not my native language so sorry for making you angry.

    • Sobaika

      High fashion doesn’t do dark skin.

  • Emily Dagger

    On the one hand, I love it.

    On the other hand, it strikes me as being a bit matronly? Not real-life matronly, of course, but soap opera matronly. Like any of the suits could be worn by Tracy Quartermaine or Marlena Black any weekday at 2 p.m., and no one would blink.

    • I was going to say Emily Gilmore realness. Then the tits came out, so I retracted.

      • Emily Dagger

        YES. Tracy Quartermaine would NEVER show nip.

        Marlena, maybe, but only when she was possessed by Satan.

        • demidaemon

          Oh, when Marlena was possessed by Satan. I miss the glory days of Days of Our Lives.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        I was seeing some of these on Betty White until I saw the tits. And get those feathers away from my face.

    • gabbilevy

      Tooooottally. I was thinking Rich Bitch Mother of the Bride. But… um, hopefully lined.

  • Visual coma.

    • veleri

      best. definition. ever.

    • zenobar

      -wh-whuh…Oh, sorry. I was just resting my eyes…

  • Annarosa

    most of these pieces are so boring! I only see Charlene of Monaco in them…

    • marlie

      Oh SNAP.

    • NOLA_gal

      It is certainly within her color wheel.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    The neck things remind me of the episode of Seinfeld where they all sign up to hang out with senior citizens and Elaine’s lady has a goiter.

    • mila_8

      A few askew looked like they were wearing fake beards:)

  • decormaven

    Very safe color choices. I’m donating to the Kickstarter to Save the Sea Neck Urchins, tho.

  • StellaZafella

    If I were a real “RCHBCH” at my age…I’d say wrap it all up and send it to my closet…but I don’t think I’m really the intended demographic for this collection.

    • kirkyo

      Rich bitch was the first thing that popped into my head.

  • kimmeister

    I have officially hit my beige-viewing maximum for the year.

  • Can’t see most of the clothes because the runway decoration scheme is the same color. Are they trying to hide something? That the collection is ugly? I wouldn’t know. Plus I was hoping “nude” color clothing was finally over.

  • Lisa Utter

    Blech. How boring. Some of the last set look like they are made from condoms, but the third to the last is beautiful.

  • I love almost all of this (I could do without the gowns hanging off the nipples). Armani is normally so scifi stark (which I also love, don’t get me wrong) that its refreshing to see them take a leaf out of Valentino-esque romanticism.

    • marlie

      Re: the gowns hanging off the nipples… when it looks that bad and just… OFF on runway models, maybe the designer should reconsider some of those style elements, no?

  • MK03

    The Lucille Bluth Collection.

    • omg_dora

      Lucille wears a lot more color!

  • queen b*tch

    The trouser suits and structured jackets I like in a kind of ’80s power dressing kinda way. The dresses are snoooooooze.

    How do they not sneeze with all those feathers in their faces?!

  • Qitkat

    Vanilla pudding with sparkles, lace, and fur.
    Chocolate. Ditto.

  • marlie

    Most of this collection reads as “wealthy woman of a certain age,” and then you have the evening wear that’s really disappointingly bland and washed out.

    • Deb_Lynn

      Yes, I was happy seeing the suits that were clearly designed for the older age groups. They are really quite beautiful and the shapes and cuts are exquisite. The dresses? Sad, bland, and sameness.

    • Most of it is pretty and feminine to the extreme. But since the entire collection is so pale, and the first half is straight up Seniors set, by the time we get to the slinky, black numbers I’m bored to tears.

  • Sobaika

    If I saw some of these in any other situation I’d think they were crazy but… I don’t know, there’s a lot here I’m responding to. It’s an updated Miss Havisham.

    • I’m with you Sobaika

  • save_the_hobbit

    The beaded shoulder piece needs to be on me IMMEDIATELY. And I know everyone hates beigey-lacy dresses, but I can’t help but be in love with them. And some of those dresses…it pains me that I am a mere peasant that will never be able to own them.

  • Armani’s superb tailoring is much on display, but too much sheer. And the embellished jacket shown bare chested made me snort aloud.

    • zenobar

      Record scratch, was that look.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I did the same thing…”oh this is bland but tasteful…” and then there was that and it was all over…

    • NOLA_gal

      But I don’t think it is barecheasted – it looks like there’s something around her neck, like a sheer colorless “shirt” collar. Which would make it WAAAAY worse.

      • Looking again, I think you may be right. I expended the image on my desktop and it DOES look like she has on a top made from a single layer of white chiffon. Even worse than nothing at all, really.

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes, I think you are right. I couldn’t figure out where those wrinkles around her thin rib cage were coming from but it is fabric! Really disgusting. I had always thought at least his designs were classy.

      • demidaemon

        Yeah, I spent a few minutes trying to puzzle out whether she was wearing a sheer blouse (still awful) or nothing at all underneath the jacket. I’m not sure which would be worse.

  • For a minute, I thought it was one of those “If you’re not willing to go out with a bird on your shoulder, you have to go topless” shows.

  • mjude

    i like most of it but it could have used a dash of more color.

  • veleri

    yeah but yawn

  • mmebam

    I mean, if I were told to put on $1000 blouse and found out that my breasts were just on display from here to yon, I would be serving major bitch face, too.

  • zenobar

    Having viewed a number of the Fall collections, I feel it’s safe to pronounce nipples the new black.

  • Clueless_Jock

    I love the purity, the softer edge. I think it’s fabulous.

  • Shawn EH

    I feel sorry for those with the vampire bats attacking their necks, trying to distract from boring clothes? However, I love the hairstyling, flattering on everyone. Here’s that new wardrobe Kristen Scott Thomas was looking for.

  • Donna Tabor

    Tailoring is what Armani has always done best, and some of those jackets are reminiscent of what he was doing back in the 90’s.

  • Lori

    So. Much. Beige.

  • jhedman

    What *was* that? Weirdly colorless, flesh-toned, either too heavy or too flimsy, and oh yeah, nice tits.

    Sorry, I was too distracted by the sudden emergence of the mutant
    long-haired vampiric tribbles that attacked half the models.

  • Jessica Wyatt

    Aside from the gowns, everything could have come right out of Lucille Bluth’s closet.

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  • veleri

    armani = jackets. we got it. moving on.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty in a bland sort of way, but really the neck feather thing needs to go!

  • Coolekat

    No granny panties – that’s the good news!

  • Colourless to the point of invisibility. Seriously, for some dresses I was squinting to figure out what was going on.

  • Tatiana Luján

    My grandmother would love most of this collection.
    I would borrow some of theese pieces from her and style them in a completely different way.

  • j_anson

    What in god’s name were they thinking?

  • Jessica Freeman

    Yawn, Meh, Blah. All of the above. There is some interesting but the lack of color and I found myself scrolling quickly just to see the last piece and was completely underwhelmed.

  • Diego!

    I love it! As I was scrolling down viewing the pics, I could see my mom wearing these dresses. She is in her ’70’s but she has an amazing natural body. She could kick any model’s butt if she would be walking down the runway! 😀

  • In_Stitches

    All of the fall collections have been heavy on the ‘aging fussy lady’ aesthetic. Not a fan and I can’t say that adding nipples really did much to give the collection any youth or individuality. Still, it’s very well crafted and very ‘Amani’.

  • ChelseaNH

    I’m sure it’s all very elegant and tasteful, but my eyeballs really need to be seared by some insane colors now.

  • hellkell

    Boring. Wake me up when they add color.

    I see black lace isn’t going anywhere. Boo.

  • kayleymaybe

    These skew old for me, except for the naked ones and the ones that make their boobs look like they’re crying. Who wants crying boobs?

  • kittenwithaquip

    Does prive mean “show me your teeny titties?” ‘Cause I can’t seem to get beyond all of the nipples showing.

  • joanna dash

    All I can see is my grandmom’s hairy neck mole.

  • poggi

    I liked it better when I viewed it from the bottom up. Then I could sort of view the collection as a play on textural differences that made the same bland neutral more interesting. But from the top down, it’s falls flat for me.

  • Danielle L

    I feel like Helen Mirren already has half of this collection in her closet.

  • padma sallah

    These are all very prettily made but look like bilge-water. Also, what are those sea-urchins doing on the models necks?

  • Aurumgirl

    On so many of these beaded gowns, I hate the way the design makes the breasts look! Droopy, saggy, flat. I don’t know of many women who’d want to that effect.

  • rene_trevino

    It’s all very MOB. At least the first half. I like the one horsehair ruffled gown…not in love with anything else.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    Lux but bland. Very UES (if a little nipply).

  • There are a few interesting pieces but I think most of it looks surprisingly matronly.


    • LaSylphide

      ‘Matronly’ was the first word that came to my mind, too.

  • Nancer

    Impeccable. But those frou-frou neck feathers have to go. I kept picturing the models trying to eat soup – or anything – with those on. Not that I think the models really eat all that much. I have to say, this collection depends on the wearer to be stick thin. With that said, I think there are some absolutely sublime pieces in this collection.This is also a case of lace overlays working beautifully. Love it.

  • LaSylphide

    Beautiful and a tad dowdy, even with so many Titties On Parade.

  • Miss WKS

    A rahtha mature collection, no? That and neck spiders.

  • KayEmWhy

    Is this a collection for, ah women of a “particular age”? [Not that there’s anything wrong with that 😉 ] Some of them I see Helen Miren, especially the second to the last black dress shown.

  • TAGinMO

    Eesh. Not even a long-shot PR finalist would send half of his/her models down the Fashion Week runway with porcupines attacking their jugular veins.

    • demidaemon

      I wouldn’t say that, necessarily. You never know what you are going to get with the PR finalists (or are we talking about decoys here?).

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      THANK YOU. I hate those things! It looks like evil spiders that suck blood. BLOOD SUCKING SPIDERS FROM MARS and that’s the only interesting thing about any of the clothes. I kept seeing them over and over and over. Then I wondered if it was the SAME SPIDER just leaping on the neck of a model as she walked out the door or what? BOO. I hate this collection.

  • Dawn Sinclair

    Why are some of the models wearing un-trimmed merkins around their necks?

  • crash1212

    Wow. Only thing that caught my eye – in a good way – was the black/”clear”? gown mid-way through. Also, if you’re going to dress your models in albeit high-end no-color clothing, perhaps choose another runway. Most of these looks disappeared from the waist down. Also…perhaps rethink the furry goiters.

  • NOLA_gal

    *yawn*. Grandma, don’t forget they’re having fancy dress night at the club next Wednesday.

  • sk8tfan

    Why is the stylist forcing those poor women to mate with Tribbles?

  • embers618

    I had to go back through a second time to remember what the clothes looked like. So forgettable, and the neck tribbles were totally focus pulling. Even now, that’s all I remember from this entire page.

  • Selkiechick

    Beige pantsuits. Oh joy.

  • unbornfawn

    Yawn. Colorless and drab. It will sell like hotcakes to a particular clientele.

  • Anniebet

    Aunt Gladys.

  • Kent Roby

    “Matronly yet slutty”; it’s a look, I guess.

  • susan6

    Very MOB. Color, people, look into it. Although I do like the dress with the black horizontal bands.

  • conniemd

    Some really beautifully tailored and cut pieces that harken back to the golden age of Hollywood. Now if only the cleaners hadn’t gotten the bleach from the men’s shirt washing to get into the coloreds during dry cleaning, they would be really gorgeous.

    I see several of these showing upon the red carpet at the Oscars, etc. where beige was very popular.

  • RedRaven617

    What a snore-fest. Of course it looks beautiful and luxurious (it is Armani), but I mean no color, no unusual embellishment, no nothing!

  • rainwood1

    Many of these would be stunning if done in an actual color.

  • These are all Jean Harlow-worthy, which means they’re slinky and beautiful, and working the platinum blonde siren vibe. I also want one of those neck feathers for myself, although if I wear it, it will be without a necklace to compete with the fabulosity of the feathers.

  • bertkeeter

    More like an ARMANI retrospective….nice but we have seen it ALL over and over agin for the last 30 years!

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    Blanche Devereaux realness.

    • demidaemon

      Not enough color for her!

  • Some of the pieces are truly gorgeous, but the styling and accessorizing convey an entirely forced appeal toward society matrons: there are some great ideas here; the presentation is altogether unnatural and pretentious. I believe that a more diaphanous and joyful atmosphere would have greatly brought out the delicacy of these pieces; presently, the styling pushes the designs and the models toward the taking-themselves-too-seriously danger zone. The fact that most of these models look bored out of their wits doesn’t help.

  • demidaemon

    Too much beige (shiny does not improve upon the color). Some elegant designs, but way too much sheer (which ends up screaming BOOBS!).

  • Airkisses

    I would totally get married in 3rd pic from the bottom. Gorgeous and feminine.

    Also, icy blue overcoat calling Tilda Swinton

  • Pudgy Possum

    Needs colour! And I think this can still be done while keeping everything gorgeously diaphanous. Also, this collection screams older, chic, rich, white woman (who wouldn’t show their nipples, but still . . . ).

  • rougeort

    The majority of this reminds me of fancy PJs, and not in a good way. Though I must say if someone could get Helen Mirren to wear the 16th look my life would be complete 🙂

  • Nicole Walraven

    Blanche Devereaux 2013? i think i could see her in at least half of these looks. so many lounge pants. although i will say it all looks very classy, and mostly chic.

  • quiltrx

    If I had money to pay for something like this, I would definitely want more than a see-through nightgown, no matter how beautifully it’s beaded.
    And I dub this the “Don’t Look to Your Right” collection. The poufs, really?

  • jangma

    The collection may be predictable, but you can’t say they don’t know their clientele. I know EXACTLY who this woman is and where she’s going.

    I would also probably be protesting outside of her house for some reason or another.

  • Rebecca Clifford

    Pluses: The designs are gorgeous. There are models there who look like they’re over the age of 12.
    Minuses: I know it’s Armani, but come ON, some color would be nice. I’m visioning some really bad translations on the RC. Speaking of color, another white-washed line of models parading down the runway. To echo what others said, these would look better on darker-skinned women.

  • Aaminah Khan

    I’m picturing SJP in every single one of those jackets. A lot of the first half of the collection reminded me of her.

    I actually love the gowns – they’re giving me kind of an updated flapper vibe.

  • Garcia Loca

    Slutty Mother of the Bride. I like.

  • Ugly

    some of this is kind of interesting but i agree, it’s getting lost in all of the beige