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Armani Privé Targets The Far, Near and Middle East with His Couture Collection

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Armani kicked off his show with models wearing silk head wraps, which brought to mind the Middle Eastern influence we saw in Versace's Haute Couture show this season. Though the wraps remained throughout — sometimes beautifully embellished with jewels — the show clearly focused on referencing classic Far and Near East elements of dress, perhaps influenced by the bulk of couture clients these days that hail from the aforementioned regions.

Loose pleated pants, twisted cropped and fitted jackets and plenty of menswear-inspired separates, namely fitted tops paired with loose bottoms in a variety of high-shine patterned fabrics, made up the bulk of the designer's elegant daywear. For evening, Armani showed plenty of Oscar worthy gowns, the most memorable of which were either strapless and heavily embellished or long sleeved (wouldn't that be a red carpet statement!) and heavily embellished with crystal embroidery.

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