Armani Privé Spring 2011 Haute Couture

Warning earthlings - will we all be dressing like Lady Gaga or an extra from Blade Runner in the not so distant future? The key to the Armani Privé Spring/Summer 2011 collection were shiny metallic fabrics, which when sculpted in to marvelous alien-inspired shapes evoked a strong sense of futuristic sci-fi melded with past designs from the archives of Thierry Mugler. According to Giorgio Armani, this collection has been inspired by the reflective nature of gemstones - but there is clearly more to it then that. It looks as though his recent experiences of designing for new muse Lady Gaga has spurred his creativity too.

Each design was accompanied by a headpiece designed by Phillip Treacy, and as each gob-stopping piece landed (from what seemed like a UFO that had dropped them off backstage), we saw out-of-this-world costumes appear, some looked as though composed from a liquid metal, while the unusual shapes used to define sharp silhouettes reinforced this idea. The collection as a whole strived on being a thematic romp while having fun with our current infatuation with clothing that looks like it belongs in deep outer-space.

Armani Privé is no longer just about lavish elegance - Giorgio’s dramatic and awe-inspiring collection has left us with a taste of the unexpected: and it’s that delectable, palpable feeling of what we can continue to expect, or not expect that halts Armani from ever becoming merely blasé.

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