A Far East Movement: Armani Privé Couture Fall 2011

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Armani Privé Fall '11 Couture
This season, Giorgio Armani's Privé collection is inspired by Japan, shining a spotlight on the country that not only sourced much of the designer's aesthetic values but also continues to suffer from the tsunami aftermath—a cause Armani financially supports with a scholarship program for youth affected by the disaster.

The most powerful aspect of Armani's line is its quiet strength, an aesthetic juxtaposition of the traditional geisha with modern feminine vigor. The weak are made strong, the soft are made hard. Armani's geisha wears leather obis and accentuates her strong shoulders. Traditional Japanese motifs of cherry blossoms and chrysanthemums cover pantsuits while vibrant citrus hues line velvet jackets and paillette gowns create crisp armor. Philip Treacy's structural headwear tops off the modernized ensembles, heightening further the elongated silhouettes.

Armani's homage to Japan is both visually pleasing and conceptually inspiring. Perhaps we shouldn't turn a fashion show into an act of heroism, but the designer does put his money where his mouth is. And for that, he should be commended.

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