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Kimono silks and origami pleats: Armani's ode to Japan

In response to the terrible events that struck Japan last year, Giorgio Armani dedicated his Prive couture spring/summer 2013 collection to the tsunami victims, entitling the show 'Hommage au Japon'. The country has long been a source of inspiration to the world famous designer and, with the stylish likes of Uma Thurman, Hilary Swank and Claudia Cardinale looking on from the front row, he sent out his army of models in a reincarnation of traditional geisha style with a chic reinvented twist .

Innovative wares were plentiful. Playful patterns took centre stage with colourful stripes and geometric waves decorating the black Perspex catwalk, while structured trousers, voluminous full-lengths and cropped jackets glided down the runway. And while the fusion of fire-engine red and silky satins injected an opulent feel into the collection, African wax prints, Japanese florals and origami-pleated ball skirts translated into a feminine and fun show. A show that not only aided a good cause, but set the bar extremely high for designer competitors still to come.

Accessories included patent leather bodices, trouser suits which were finished off with obi belts and of course the unique looking headgear that was masterfully created by Phillip Treacy, one of the world’s most famous milliners 

A sure-fire headturner, bright red was the central shade for the collection that took place in near darkness in a space beneath the Palais de Chaillot in central Paris. Colourblocking with altering fabrics made a bold statement for Giorgio Armani's spring/summer 2013  collection 

Giorgio Armani showcased his latest wares with the help of models Kate Bogucharskaia (left) and Phenelope Wulff (right) 

Slim silky trousers filed down the catwalk and were of central importance to Armani’s Japanese inspired designs. These looks adhered to a similar style, but were set apart from each other with the added details such as bold statement jewellery, killer clutches and cute cropped jackets 

When discussing Japan, Armani stated that he was a "great admirer of the refined sense of aesthetics" of the country. And for this we can establish why the designer elected such clean, simple lines which were contrasted with Japanese floral fabric and silk styled kimonos 

Trousers were even teamed underneath dresses and whatever the dress style, whether floaty floral or straight satin, the looks were as fashion forward as the next


A playful twist to an otherwise ordinary playsuit, Armani experimented with Japanese style adding a touch of detail at the waist to the bright ensembles that were showcased 

Voluminous skirts and geometric print dresses were the sure showstoppers of the Armani collection and were perfectly contrasted with the slim straight trousers that were of equal importance to the designer's latest creations 


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