1 hour ago | By Lizzy Bowring
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Paris: After his recent Chinese-inspired Resort collection, Giorgio Armani looked to another Eastern country for Haute Couture. The designer has been very involved in the relief efforts for Japan and with his Couture collection, seemed to be offering the country a creative tribute as well. Obi belts, origami folding and traditional floral motifs were in heavy rotation, but luxurious fabrics, including patent leather, exotic skins and velvet, gave them a glamorous feel. The two recent themed collections were somewhat of a departure for Armani, who of late has tended to reference his own previous work rather than other cultures, but the current looks felt powerful and fully realized, with the potential to reinvigorate the venerable label. –Joanna Manganaro
Color: Black / Tangerine / Pastels / Bone white
Key Items: Trim pantsuits / Kimono jackets / Cropped pants / Sharp-shouldered jackets
Materials: Velvet / Double-faced satin / Printed silks / Exotic skins / Patent leather
Print + Pattern: Cherry blossoms / Kimono florals / Parasols
Details + Trim: Beading / Appliqués / Origami folding / Sharp shoulders
Accessories + Footwear: Philip Treacy hats / Obi belts / Leather tied belts / Jeweled or printed minaudieres / Printed pumps
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