Karl's characteristic playful tone was evident throughout, notably in the pink pompom-embellished gown, and paired with that typical couture excess: tweed Chanel beanie hats, anyone? Amongst the bling there were some prim and proper elements: pretty loose bows, balloon sleeves, and the ubiquitous peter pan collar.
The Armani Privé collection continued this idea of fusing the brand's heritage with futuristic twists. Here, Armani's signature elegant tailoring was to be found in slouchy trouser suits, but Philip Treacy's angular headwear added elements of futurism.
Armani's theme of contrast was found throughout the collection: fluid pastels were matched with inky blues and blacks, and soft black velvet with shiny and sparkly metallics. Armani fans will delight in the relaxed tailoring, but the romantic and embellished full-length gowns stole the show for me.
You can see the pure talent and painstaking diligence that has gone into all these pieces: embroidery, dip-dying, beading, fringing and laser-cut leather all combine into something incredibly magical and theatrical. It will be interesting to see how and if the high street attempts to recreate such artisanal detailing.