Close up: Armani Privé FALL 2015 COUTURE

Armani explored an infinity of textures with his feathers, knots, and fringing. There were dresses that looked collaged from scraps of fabric. You'd never say that couture was DIY but, in the spirit of punk, there was something of that idea here.

The colour scheme, on the other hand, had the fin de siècle gloss of a butterfly's wing, with the sheen of sequins stained deep blues and purples, the sparkle of Swarovski crystals, and the shimmer of Lurex, anchored by black velvet trousers. Armani made little pretence toward daywear, even if the shoes were flat throughout. This was definitely a collection for the dark and decadent night.