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.