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Geisha-infused glamour at Giorgio Armani

Jenny Barchfield

Published 06/07/2011 | 09:17

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Giorgio Armani (R) attends the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais de Chaillot on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Giorgio Armani (R) attends the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais de Chaillot on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
A model presents creations for Giorgio Armani Prive during the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Haute Couture Collection Show on July 5, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
A model presents creations for Giorgio Armani Prive during the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Haute Couture Collection Show on July 5, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
A model presents creations for Giorgio Armani Prive during the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Haute Couture Collection Show on July 5, 2011 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/PIERRE VERDY (Photo credit should read PIERRE VERDY/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Cate Blanchett attends the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais de Chaillot on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Katie Holmes attends the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011/2012 show as part of Paris Fashion Week at Palais de Chaillot on July 5, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Giorgio Armani Prive dedicated his collection of wildly expensive made-to-measure skintight column dresses and painted-on pantsuits to the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

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"Homage to Japan," shown today on day two of Paris' rarified autumn-winter 2011-12 haute couture shows, incorporated Japanese silks and shapes culled from kimonos into the Italian designer's trademark lean, clean-lined shapes.

See pictures from the Armani Prive show

Strips of printed silks peeked out from slits on the back of a peak-shouldered cropped jackets in black velvet.

A pencil skirt and bandeau tops fitted with stiff architectural panels bloomed with oversized cherry blossoms.

The head wear — always inventive at Armani — was made from what appeared to be Japanese wrapping paper or an explosion of fans.



As usual, the looks were so tight it was hard to imagine anyone besides a teenage model — or Cate Blanchett, who graced the front row, along with Katie Holmes — managing to wiggle into them.

Celebrities at the haute couture shows

And if somehow you managed to, then you could just forget walking. Even the whip thin models barely managed to mince their ways down the catwalk without incident.

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