Armani Privé Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on January 24, 2014

Armani Privé Spring 2014 Collection






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  • Be still my Norma Desmond heart.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      “Is someone there, Max?”

      • NYCGlamourpuss

        Or the Carol Burnett version –
        (*Pause*) “Did you call for me, Madam?”

        • ailujailuj

          miss burnett… the damest of them all.

    • MoHub

      Norma Desmond is spot on. My first reaction was chemo patients.

      • Just pictured Norma Desmond visiting a cancer ward and feeling like she’s having a come back. That made my day.

    • BKagainwiththesweatpants


  • Nicholas

    I think some more diverse models would have made the collection stand out a lot more. I can totally imagine a Lupita Nyong’o rocking this collection for instance.

    Failing that, I guess they could name it the Karen Blixen Collexion.

    • Glam Dixie

      Maybe the fact that they are so blandly similar and not overly styled was an intentional choice to put the focus on the clothes. It had to have been deliberate.

      • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

        i have no idea why non-whiteness would distract from the clothes. i’ve never looked a non-white model in a magazine and gone, ‘gosh darn it, now i’m distracted by all this blackness!’

        • Glam Dixie

          I don’t know either, just guessing they went deliberate with the uniformity. They’ve even obscured the possibility of the models having different hair colors. There must have been an intention there, who knows why. I’m just speculating.

          • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

            i mean the intentional exclusion of non-white peoples from jobs they are generally qualified to perform out preference for whites could be explained pretty simply too…

          • Trish

            “Uniformity” could be achieved by uniformly hiring WOC, too.

      • Nicholas

        I think they would have left a much better impression, if they only showed, say, seven dresses. I think I dig the collection on some level, but they managed to dilute it with the recurring pasty pastel.

      • Imasewsure

        Definitely agree that it was intentional with this collection since the styling was so uniform (so much so that I didn’t even look at the faces of the models after the second or third look). In general though the lack of diversity on the runway is pretty short-sighted… hopefully not forever

        • MoHub

          Robert Palmer girls.

      • Tracy M

        I need to see Krystal and Alexis fighting in the fountain in these.

    • I don’t know if even the fabulous Lupita could make these dresses sing. 🙁

      This has to be one of the most drab and dreary collections I have seen for a while.

      • MilaXX

        Depending on how the illusion netting was handled, that one with the swirly top (#19 or 20, I lost count) could look nice.

      • Sarah

        I like it – the fabrics are really luxe and the motifs on them are intricate and beautiful, to me. I was going to say that while I do realize that the color story is pretty one-note, I didn’t mind because there’re a lot of shapes and the motif on the fabric is used in varying ways. Plus, Turbans!

        • Anna

          Couldn’t have said it better myself. The colour scheme is subdued but it’s reading as kind of aquatic to me, which my Pisces self can’t help but love. I’m also a sucker for turbans and headscarves!

          What I would hypothetically pack if I was hypothetically staying at a luxury beachfront hotel in Dubai.

          • sagecreek

            Me, too…if I were hypothetically taller.

          • Anna

            Well, naturally in this hypothetical world we would have the required height to pull these off.

          • Pennymac

            While we’re at it, can I be hypothetically skinnier?

          • formerlyAnon

            Let’s go the whole hog. Hypothetically taller, thinner, richer, fitter, younger – a smorgasbord & each can take as much of each as appeals.

          • Kikishua

            And hypothetically dating Idris Elba – if we’re going all in on hypotheticals!

          • Anna

            Hypothetical World Genie (Me), says of course. Ability to pig out at a sweet table like it’s going out of style and not gaining weight, included.

      • marlie

        That’s the exact opposite feeling that I got. While certainly monochromatic (which I don’t really mind), I love the fabrics that are used, and the way the embroidery/detailing accentuates each garment.

      • oekmama

        The pewter gown, third from the bottom would look awesome on Lupita.

      • demidaemon

        I find most of the textile choices to be overly heavy as well.

    • Ragnarockette

      I agree. I feel like the pasty models made the collection feel more drab than it should have. Some beautiful, exotic models would have made the whole thing feel more tropical and exciting.

    • Belvane

      I didn’t even notice the models, only the clothes. As it should be. A gorgeous collection, on the whole, and I look forward to seeing what actual humans can do with it.

    • d4divine

      Armani likes his models skinny, white, and flat chested

  • random_poster

    This is one of those collections that make me want to grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and scroll through slowly. I don’t care for everything, but the work that went into each piece is evident. That halter top gown, third from the bottom is immaculate.

  • Glam Dixie

    There are some really lovely things mixed in there. Overall, I liked it quite a bit.

  • GinnyThePainter

    Beautiful & sophisticated but I wish it were more youthful. On a bright note, Helen Mirren would rock most of these looks.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Break down the looks and many pieces look instantly more youthful.

  • susan6

    A lot of it kind of looks like curtain material. Scarlett O’Hara tore down the drapes and made them into modern shapes.

    • Imasewsure

      I was thinking it had a little bit of Miss Melanie to it… definitely has a “late 1930’s rendition of the mid 1800’s fashion” vibe to me

  • PeggyOC

    Meryl Streep, why do you not have these people on speed dial?

  • MilaXX

    It’s pretty but it feels a bit one note. I cannot wait for the day to come when women’s clothes are no longer sheer.

    • Sarah

      Ha I just typed one note before I read ur comment. I agree on the sheer, but I still think these are pretty and sophisticated.

  • Really beautiful but having trouble coming up with anyone other than models who could pull these off. Katharine Hepburn, maybe?

    • Imasewsure

      Cate, Keira Knightly, the Audrybot, Emma Watson – even Emma Thompson could probably work a lot of these (wouldn’t that be a nice change of pace) … The fuller skirts with jackets and the suited looks could probably work on a lot of the older starlets too…. not sure many of these would work on anyone with curves though…

  • There are some real stunners in this collection. I love the quasi-Middle Eastern/silent movie star feel to it, and I love the Gatsby-ish head coverings. Some of the dresses really should show up on a red carpet sometime soon, specifically photos #13, 19, 24, 26, 29. The pants/jumpsuit of photo #27 literally took my breath away. Emily Blunt or Kiera Knightley would OWN some of these gowns. Wonderful!

    • Laura Renee

      Are there invisible numbers you can see with a special key combination or something, or did you count them?

      • formerlyAnon

        Ya gotta count. Which is why I often don’t call out individual pieces, it takes me so long to do it without mistakes!

        • Laura Renee

          Plus it requires other readers to go back and count them too (while remembering your numbers/the specific comments you made about each) in order to see which ones you’re talking about and appreciate or ponder your choices. 🙂

          …WELL, I just checked by right-clicking and “Save As,” and it seems TLo do number the photos in the filename!!! This is a GODSEND, much faster way to check the actual number when you’re in the middle of a long page like this. Hooplah!

          • Sarah

            Holy moly. It’s a TLo revelation! What a boon!

          • formerlyAnon

            Jesus Mary and Joseph!!

            Laura Renee, your attention to detail may have changed my life! (Well, made my posts here even longer? It’s almost the same thing.)


          • Laura Renee

            😀 Glad to be of assistance. I only thought to check that because that’s how icon (userpic) makers on Livejournal used to track their icons, when they weren’t numbered.

  • another_laura

    I love it. I’ve always had a soft spot for Armani. The silky lux look of this is wonderful. That purple-y jeweled gown? *sigh*

  • @Biting Panda

    “Alright Mr.DeMille, I’m ready for the Academy Awards.”

  • ovarB

    Luxe to the max!! Love it!! I would love to get my hands on all those fabrics and embellishments!!

  • Nicole Little

    Stunning clothes on a bland army of white women.

  • marlie

    I love this. It’s GORGEOUS. Opulent, gorgeous colors and fabrics… Perfect. And I think the turbans are an awesome way to style this collection. I see Lupita, Cate, and Tilda rocking the hell out of these pieces. Then again, Lupita, Cate and Tilda have been my response to every collection so far…

    • filmcricket

      Tilda would kill this collection dead, for sure. With Armani I always think “What would Jodie Foster wear from this?” but I am also seeing a bit of Amy Adams? Not with the turbans, but some of the gowns have that austere silhouette that she likes and the blues could really sing on her.

    • Tatiana Luján

      I’m thinking Naomie Harris and Olivia Wilde.

      • Coolekat

        I saw Margery from Game of Thrones

    • MoHub

      These were made for Carmen dell’Orrefice.

  • deelup

    Lots to love here. But is it just me or are we seeing tons of fabrics in these collections that look more like upholstery or wall hangings than clothing?

    • Monabel

      Or, neckties? But I still love them.

  • Trickytrisha

    Relatively gimmick-less styling lets the clothing shine. Some glorious things here. I too was struck by the army of white faces.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    I wonder if Cate Blanchett will wear one of the blue gowns to the Oscars…

    • Kathy

      She really should. The styles and colors of these garments would flatter her and vice versa.

  • conniemd

    Easy access shirts to go with the easy skirts. Love the silky fabrics though.

    • demidaemon

      HAHAHAHA. Exactly my thoughts. Too much boobage.

  • sagecreek

    I love almost every single bit of this collection. Lovely, rich fabrics and beautiful silhouettes (which I cannot wear, alas, but still).

    Insert ubiquitous remark about how tired I am of ubiquitous sheerness, but at least this collection has less than most.

  • disqus_CbanJPpOR3

    what makes me laugh is how much those head wraps look like rhianna’s screw-you hair wrap on the red carpet last year. except without the humor or the screw-you-ness. reminds me of the beauty site that mistakenly called rhianna’s hair wrap a ‘cute faux pixie cut.’ it’s like armani prive saw that article and applied it to all the models.

  • MissusBee

    The Singapore Airlines Air Hostess Collection!

    But seriously, some of the looks on their own are beyond stunning. Seen altogether it’s like the Sultan’s 101 wives go to the disco. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just these ornate looks (at this price) are clearly for people who want to stand out, whereas the anonymizing of the models, plus the general repetition of silhouettes, lengths and colors makes it look like a uniform.

    The identikit model thing is fun in terms of making them mannikin-like. I’d like to see it in a collection that has more of a diverse vibe.

    • Sabin

      Maybe that’s why it feels so boring to me. I think it’s really a lot more interesting than it looks, with the styling.

  • hughman

    I LOVE this collection but I’m surprised no one here has pointed out the 70s/Disco/Studio 54 of it all. The scarf head wraps, the beaded jumpsuit – it’s all so Bianca Jagger to me. KISS KISS, SAVE ME A DANCE ANDY.

    • @Biting Panda

      We’re all *much* too young ; )

    • mjude

      i am so with you on the 70’s/Disco/Studio 54. those were the days darling! love this

    • formerlyAnon

      I went ’70s with some of it. But I didn’t feel as hit-over-the-head with it as I sometimes do.

    • ailujailuj

      I was thinking auntie make, too…

  • kittenwithaquip

    Am I crazy to see a lot of menswear detailing in this? The sheen especially reminds me of linings in a suit jacket. Overall, I think the shapes and fluidity of the collection. To me, that’s what makes Armani in general so elegant. Not ground-breaking, but beautifully made. Despite being a middle-aged, 5’3″ endomorph, with enough tailoring I would feel like a goddess in these clothes.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    It’s all so shiny and pretty! I really like it a lot!

    • Tatiana Luján

      I love it when the little girl in me can like things because they’re shiny and pretty.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I love most of the jackets and hate most of the pants.
    There are really lovely pieces in this collection, but badly paired.

    • Sunraya

      I agree, I liked the top half, and then scrolled down and was like, “Ugh. Ugly.”

  • formerlyAnon

    DEEPLY ambivalent. Some of these are striking very positive (often, not always, ’70s) chords in my heart, some are . . . leaving me flat. There are some damn fine jackets. The color scheme is a little dull taking the collection as a whole, but can’t be at all faulted (IMO) in any individual case.

    I’m gonna have to come back to this again.

    • Pennymac

      I’m salivating. I love it! I’m pretty sure I could rock a turban, too. LOL

      • formerlyAnon

        Do it!

  • ailujailuj

    All she’s missing is a slimline and a stirred martini – sans the space-consuming olives…

  • LaSylphide

    Pretty much what I expect from Armani: elegant, not too ‘out there’, and generally wearable. Overall I like it, but would have liked more color.

  • annachronizm


  • chauncey

    Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

  • Nancer

    I am swooning all over my keyboard right now. This is impeccable. Truly elegant and amazing. I love the restraint and the fabric and the lines…. just frickin beautiful.

  • Kelly

    Love just about all of this, including the pieces that look like something straight out of a Theda Bara movie. I have quibbles and complaints, of course (like dying a slow death from The Sheer, and I hope tailored jackets with evening skirts are not going to become a thing), but on the whole, this collection is chic, wearable, and interesting.

  • Qitkat

    Finally. Thank you Armani Privé, for showing a compelling, creative, cohesive, beautiful, flattering collection.
    As compared to previous designers who ran off to the spa.

  • Finally! A collection for the eighty-year-old widows of Greek business magnates!

    • Monabel

      Rather a put down for us older folks, no?

  • Truthiness2U

    Yes! Finally a collection that looks interesting, beautiful, something I wish I could wear. Yes, even the turbans. Even though I’m not Gloria Fracking Sawnson.

    The only two things are the things that continue to annoy…I am beyond tired of sheers. Tired tired tired of it. And double that, with even more annoyance, for the complete lack of WOC models. Seriously people, c’mon. It is beyond pathetic at this point.

  • Lilah

    The fabric and embroidery work is gorgeous, but his designs skew so mature. I wish he could figure out how to freshen things up. I also agree that if the models were more diverse the collection would have popped more.

  • Lyndsey Magrone

    Well, if I have cancer while on a cruise in a dystopian future, I’ll know what to collection I’ll be wearing!

    • IamstillAnonymous

      I suggest you pray to never know what it’s like. Ignorance _is_ bliss.

    • IamstillAnonymous

      Thank you for the edit.

      • javajunkie


  • Golden Girls from the Future.

  • lalahartma

    Woo! Turbans!

  • Lilyana_F

    Ok, that’s pretty stunning. I’d put some ladystar in one of those for the Oscars for sure.

  • d4divine

    That’s a lot O shine.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    I love love love the fabric, and I appreciate how coherent the collection is.

  • sienna elm

    Futuristic Gypsies and a few sad flappers.

  • LeelaST

    Gorgeous, gorgeous clothes. I’m not a print or “busy” fabric fan and I could imagine (in my dreams) wearing all of these.

  • Gatto Nero

    Luxe, exotic, romantic. I could see several of these pieces in my fantasy closet.

  • kimmeister

    My favorite is #11. I also like a lot of the earrings.

  • Sunraya

    I loved almost every Elie Saab and I only liked one or two of these. I love the fabrics, but wish they were used to make more traditional evening clothes, like Naeem Khan did last season. I love gowns in unexpected fabrics!!

  • Sunraya

    And I predict Cate Blanchett in the sixth one from the bottom. Reminds me of the Granny Square Gown in a weird way.

  • minnye

    Pretty, pretty.

  • AmeliaEve

    The Art Deco modesty collection.

  • God…this a Whitman’s Sampler of GORGEOUSNESS. Stunning. I’m connecting the dots on which celebrity will wear which one. I’m seeing one for Streep one for Mirren. I’m seeing a Jennifer Lawrence and a Julia Roberts, and Cate Blanchett and a Florence Welch…just gorgeousness. The lights hit the fabric so well – nice for red carpet shots.

  • quiltrx

    I LOVE this. I couldn’t carry off the turbans (my face is too fat), but otherwise I totally want to live in a world where I get to wear these.

  • pugluv

    This collection is elegant yet still a bit edgy. Can anyone make more beautiful jackets than Armani? J’adore!!!!!!

  • Lorena Malaret

    Rhoda Morgernstern!!!!

  • hmatz

    Fierce snaps.

  • Typically, I want everything. I love Armani Prive.

  • The only thing I consistently enjoyed was the headscarves.

  • Joe Schmartin

    Chemo patients in spaaaaaaaaaace…..

  • Corsetmaker

    Beautiful fabrics, beautiful detail.
    But this is why it puzzles me how someone like Mayim Bialik seems to struggle to find something suitable and beautiful. With couture clients coming largely from the middle east the designers are putting out lots of garments that are, or can be adapted to, full modesty. It’s all over this collection, and it was all over Valentino. Her stylists should be looking in that direction instead of trying to just add stuff on to the usual starlet gowns!

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Fierce and dark and shiny…Yeah, that’s what it looks like now…in January…
    Love the clothes, though!

  • I wish I could see LIttle Edie’s reaction to this collection.

  • PURPLE!!! YAY!

  • MaggieMae

    I like the smokey eyes and hair scarves way more than I like the clothes.

  • demidaemon

    Too many boobs and possible wardrobe malfunctions for a me. In other words, jacket slits are a no. Love the styling, though.

  • amanda lynn

    one of each, please.

  • PeaceBang

    Wow. Feeling a lot of Erte moments and loving that.

  • Nikki

    Some of these are quite amazing and are lovely, but others I kept wondering who dropped off all the extra men’s tie material in the shtetl and told them to just use that. They’re so heavy! I mean I love the concept, but so many layers and draping, but so little flow on some of these… Others were so impressive and had an amazing égyptien 1920s quality, but hrmmm

  • allcapsERINN

    Not feeling it.

  • Diego!

    You know what? I like this collection but barely. The silk skirts look as if they were made by a Project Runway contestant. They look cheap. I’m sorry I say so, but they do. The dresses look amazing.

  • oohsparkley!

    I started out going Wow! I want that, soo beautiful! There were a few clinkers for me, but lots of gorgeous-ness. Someone said it was dreary – NOT! Dreary are all the beiges, whites and greys; these are blues and purples! Plus sparkley and as you can see. I like the sparkley!