In response to the terrible events that struck Japan last year, Giorgio Armani
dedicated his Prive couture spring/summer 2013 collection to the tsunami victims, entitling the show 'Hommage au Japon'.
The country has long been a source of inspiration to the world famous designer and, with the stylish likes of Uma Thurman
, Hilary Swank
and Claudia Cardinale
looking on from the front row,
he sent out his army of models in a reincarnation of traditional geisha style with a chic reinvented twist .
Innovative wares were plentiful. Playful patterns took centre stage with colourful stripes and geometric waves decorating the black Perspex catwalk, while structured trousers, voluminous full-lengths and cropped jackets glided down the runway. And while the fusion of fire-engine red and silky satins injected an opulent feel into the collection, African wax prints, Japanese florals and origami-pleated ball skirts translated into a feminine and fun show. A show that not only aided a good cause, but set the bar extremely high for designer competitors still to come.