Thursday, 7 July 2011

Roses, cherry blossoms, and chrysanthemums

Giorgio Armani Privé Couture Fall 2011/12

Giorgio Armani is clearly looking East. After a Resort collection that drew on imperial China, the Fall haute couture collection he showed today was an homage to Japan. While it's true that China represents and unprecedented business opportunity - meaning it's smart to market to it - Armani's connection to Japan is a deeper and more emotional on.

 ... 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.

... Witness a one-armed jacket, the single floral printed pannier that hung off a black bolero, or the diagonal slash that bisected a velvet dress to reveal a printed interior. And, seeing we're on the subject of the new, thze collections's major futuristic flourish - the stiffened bodices that stood up like shields over the torso - could potentially also be laid at Japan's door.

Giorgio Armani Privé Fall 2011/12 

Source: VOGUE 
Photography: Yannis Vlamos/GoRunway

Enjoy my post hereinafter 'Armani Privé Couture Fall 2011/12' 
with wonderful Backstage impressions! 

1 comment:

Shagun said...

Absolutely stunning. Uber sophisticated designs by Armani. Kimono like prints are a delight. Lovely editorial dear Andrea!!!...Regards, Shagun

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