The resort collection of Armani was clearly inspired by the East, mostly China but with this Armani Prive couture Winter collection Armani showed his thoughts are still with the people of Japan.
Armani has been financially supporting a UNESCO scholarship program to help child victims of March’s disaster. With today’s Prive show, he wanted to show his support in a more personal way, and also perhaps acknowledge a creative debt that stretches back decades, or at least to his famous samurai-influenced collection.
The result was a striking symbiosis of man and country. Japanese visual icons—ranging from parasols to cherry blossoms—were predictably transmuted in prints, and, equally predictably, there were obilike belts and origamilike folds. But it felt like Armani had reflected on new Japan as much as old traditions, because there was a hint of Rei Kawakubo’s original radicalism in the man-tailored pants, in the layered, elongated Edwardian line, in odd details like the double cuff on a jacket sleeve, and especially in all the asymmetry.
Armani always has been consistent in his collections but lately the label has gotten even more popular with the new Princess of Monaco Charlene being a huge fan and even had her wedding gown designed by the master!
By the way: Love the orange evening dress: Maybe a tip for Maxima, our Princess? Orange is, after all, the color of the Dutch Royals!:)
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