July 04, 2006 Paris
In a more pervasive sense, though, the distinguishing move forward in Armani's collection was his ever-richer deployment of materials and technique, like a sheared mink made light with organdy insets, or a fan-pleated python trench. For a designer in touch with the lifestyles of the superrich in Asia and other far-flung regions where he's extending his reach, that makes sense. Nevertheless, this line is at its best on the territory he's already defined for himselfthe place in the spotlight marked out for the singular Armani evening dress. When he's concentrating on minimally framing a woman's presence with one of his pale, strapless, scrunch-pleated, and draped gowns, the attraction of this collection is self-evident.