Paris Fashion Week: Armani spins harlequin patterns into ballgowns for haute couture lineup in Paris

PARIS — Giorgio Armani took to the haute couture catwalk in Paris last week with evening wear spun from a traditional, diamond-patterned harlequin motif in pale pastels.

Models moved steadily down a glossy runway carrying the motif, their clothing echoing the colors underfoot — pale pink, green, and purple. (See the show here: Privé – Haute Couture Fashion Show SS23 Giorgio Armani ).

The show opened with elegant trouser ensembles — black, satin pants paired with bolero jackets in pink as well as in emerald green.

Slim gowns followed, the diamond patterns delineated with sparkling beadwork that shimmered with movement, often worn with matching shoes and mini handbags.

At the end of the show, the 88-year-old Italian designer took his bow in a dark velvet suit jacket and tie, waving at the crowd before exiting with one of the models.

DIOR DAZZLESDior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri paid homage to Josephine Baker with her spring haute couture show last week, sending out a dazzling lineup featuring golden jacquards, crushed velvet and beaded fringes that swayed and sparkled down the runway. (See the show here: Spring-Summer 2023 Haute Couture Show – DÉFILÉS HAUTE COUTURE – Women’s Fashion