We are WAY behind on the couture collections lately. Expect an info dump of fabulousness in the next couple of days. First up, Giorgio Armani, who presented a couture collection that he called an homage to Japan, which seems to us to be the reverse of a collection that takes inspiration from Japan. The latter smacks of orientalism, but the result here is more formal than cultural. Parasols, rose and chrysanthemum motifs, cherry blossom prints, lacquer, obi belts and of course, origami all take a moment or two in the spotlight here but none of it ever quite approaches literalism or costuming. We love the gowns with the tangerine beads closing the show as well as the Philip Treacy hats throughout.
Armani has long had a fascination with Japan and taken inspiration from it. He claims to have been deeply affected by the tsunami in Japan, and the day this collection was presented, he made a donation to a UNESCO scholarship fund for students and children affected by the disaster. Taken in that light, this really does feel like a master returning to an old friend and muse in a time of need and revisiting the past together.
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