Tracey Jackson

Oct 27 2013 | No Comments

“I WISH I COULD DO MORE FOR YOU”

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There is a moment in the 1978 film Midnight Express when the character of Susan, goes to see Billy Hayes in the Turkish jail where he is being held for drug trafficking: Bleak and depressing does not begin to describe the situation he is in.  After a moments of sad banter she removes her large breasts from her top, she presses them against the glass that is protecting them from each other and says “I wish I could do more for you.”  I loved that scene,  probably for all the wrong reasons. I remember bursting out laughing at the ludicrousness of it all.

But today I feel that way about this blog. Not that I want to press my breasts against the lens of my camera and share them with you, but “I wish I could do more for you.”

Today, Lucy and I went to see the Eccentrico exhibition of  Armani’s greatest creations.

Before we left I pondered which camera to take. I opted for the Canon 15. While it does not get the color of the Leica as it works better in low light, and fashion shows usually have very low light. I checked it to make sure it had plenty of battery power left and the little battery icon was  full.  Then within two minutes of arriving at the show, my camera battery died.   I was left with only my phone to capture images.

I am not that good with an iPhone. I need my better lens, and little gadgets to do a  halfway decent job.

The show is wonderful. Armani has assembled some of the highlights of his long career. Eccentrico is travelling over the next few months to Tokyo, Rome and Hong Kong. It had a splashy party here on Thursday and was open to the public for three days. It is now closed.

This is what Armani has to say about it.

Eccentrico is an installation of exceptional clothes and unique accessories, a journey through the imagination and a study of the capacity for transformation, playing with shapes and materials to explore cultural connections and artistic symbols. It is this aspect – of the unusual – that I wished to highlight, because it represents an exuberant form of creativity that extends the concept of minimalism and rigour linked with my fashion design. And as simplicity of line does not equal simplicity of thought, I have underscored the wealth and freedom of inspiration that form the foundation of my work and that tell a long and unexpected story. My own story, beyond the clichés.

Giorgio Armani

It is a wonderful exhibition. I am sorry I cannot deliver a better group of photos for you.

Though I did screen shoot a few from Olivia Palermo’s website.  Not sure she took them herself, but I’m giving her the credit.
And I’m sure in the name of doing more for you, people would much rather see her breasts pressed up to the camera than mine. But alas, I can’t do that for you either.

 

What the show looked like. This was from Olivia Palermo's website.

What the show looked like. This was from Olivia Palermo’s website.

I took this from her too. I got a terrible shot of this.

I took this from her too. I got a terrible shot of this.

Last of her shots.

Last of her shots. It gives you an idea of how the clothes are displayed.

All embroidered. Gorgeous. I wish I could do more for you.

All embroidered. Gorgeous. I wish I could do more for you.

This one looked like confetti.

This one looked like confetti.

 

He's a master - but nobody does red like Valentino.

He’s a master – but nobody does red like Valentino.

This orange was a stunner.

This orange was a stunner.

 

Acid green trio.

Acid green trio.

 

His bead work is amazing.

His bead work is amazing.

Under each dress were either jewels or bags and shoes. They had lights right on them so they were hard to capture. Again, I wish I could do more for you.

Under each dress were either jewels or bags and shoes. They had lights right on them so they were hard to capture. Again, I wish I could do more for you.

 

Armani perfection.

Armani perfection.

 

Not something you would associate with him. But he has a wild side.

Not something you would associate with him. But he has a wild side.

 

This is "Super Hero" dress he designed for the Met Super Hero Show.

This is “Super Hero” dress he designed for the Met Super Hero Show.

 

And this was for the Lady Gaga's Monster Ball Tour.

And this was for the Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball Tour.

These more classic Armani silhouettes.

These more classic Armani silhouettes.

Love this.

Love this. I so wish you could see the details.

And with this. These are all pearls.

And with this. These are all pearls and then simple black velvet pants.

Walls were covered in photos like th

Walls were covered in photos like this.

 

I wonder if Olivia Palermo got a shot of this.

I wonder if Olivia Palermo got a shot of this.

More photos.

More photos.

 

 

Black and white. But again the detail I cannot deliver.

Black and white. But again the details are extraordinary.

A bag with a spider.

A bag with a spider.

Then another bug pin on a bodice.

Then another bug pin on white dress.

 

So much detail, so little light.

So much detail. So little zoom.

Closer. Better?

Closer. Better?

 

 

Sequined Gangster Suit.

Sequined Gangster Suit.

Again, he returns to black and white.

Again, he returns to black and white and pants.

The bags were wonderful Look closely this says LOVE.

The bags were wonderful Look closely this says LOVE.

I wish I could do more for you. I loved this grouping. The bag, earrings and necklace. WOW.

I wish I could do more for you. I loved this grouping. The bag, earrings and necklace. WOW.

 

I wish I could do more for you - here is Olivia Palermo.

I wish I could do more for you – here is Olivia Palermo.