A photo exhibition currently on display at the Tuileries features the work of Korean photographer Ahae, who has taken one million pictures from one window in his studio, capturing the natural beauty and the subtle magic of the sun playing on clouds and landscapes.
On his couture runway, Giorgio Armani demonstrated a similar sensitivity to light and shade, applying delicate sunrise and midnight hues to produce a winning collection.
He opened his show with a fresh take on masculine style, pairing shirtlike jackets in billowing organza with wide-legged velvet pants. Dressy pants proved to be Armani’s main fashion message, and they looked rich in double crepe wool and flowing black silk velvet. The latter proved a terrific foil for filmy organza cardigans fronted with silvery embroideries.
Even when using daybreak colors, the clothes skewed evening, with waistcoats and peak lapel jackets in heavy silks. While better known for a gray-to-beige Milanese palette, Armani trotted out vivid color-block tops and a cheery tricolor tunic.
Crickets on the soundtrack cued the night-sky portion of the collection, which was a highlight. Armani paraded a series of sinuous and soigne black gowns, many of them strapless — a popular silhouette at the fall couture.
As the show reached a crescendo, it went from head-in-the-clouds to stars-in-their-eyes as models were veiled with crystal-studded tulle scarves. The finale look: a bustier dress streaked with Swarovski Elements clustered like constellations. Celestial beauties, indeed.