Like everyone else in Asia, I crave any sort of cultural activity especially when it comes to art and fashion. Luckily Hong Kong is playing host to Giorgio Armani’s Eccentrico exhibition this weekend. Following a successful run in Tokyo and Milan last year, it opened officially yesterday after a star studded cocktail and dinner to celebrate the opening of Armani’s new flagship boutique in on Canton Road (aka the luxury brand goldmine).
The exhibition isn’t so much a retrospective as it is a celebration of all things Armani. Since luxury is the brand’s forte, it showcases 51 dresses from the Giorgio Armani and Giorgio Armani Privé Couture collections spanning 1985 to the latest spring/summer 2013 season. There are also 300 accessories on show including jewellery, shoes, bags and hats, plus some cosmetics and fragrances.
Couture pieces created especially for a couture show in Beijing last year (above)
Although I was looking forward to some signature Armani pieces (the unlined deconstructed suits of the 1980s for example), the exhibition primarily focuses on evening wear which makes sense since the brand is a red carpet favourite.
For me what really shone was the incredible workmanship and creativity that goes into every piece from the elaborately beaded gowns decorated with fish, butterflies and dolphins, birds to Japanese and Asian inspired pieces with intricate Oriental embroideries (including exclusive designs from his couture show in Beijing last year). My favourites include a stunning velvet dress circa 1993 embroidered with red sequin roses that glowed in the dark and some of the Sci Fi dresses created for Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour. The jewels are also beautiful with a series of necklaces and bands decorated with a surrealist hand motif circa 2006.
The exhibition runs until Sunday so make sure you visit to uncover another part of fashion history.
Eccentrico is on until Sunday March 17 2013 from 10am to 8:30pm at Sky 100, 100/F, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong. www.armani.com