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HAUTE COUTURE SPRING 2012
Armani Privé

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Giorgio Armani, the man, is an absolute class act–and his Haute Couture collection, Armani Privé (presented in Paris) is always a must-see. This season, perhaps the most exciting Armani moment for me was chatting with Cameron Diaz as we both made our way into the Grand Palais at the same time. Despite being surrounded by bodyguards, she still managed to be nice and friendly, and she looked incredibly chic in a simple grey coat and slacks.

Armani Privé - Jessica Chastain and Cameron Diaz

Jessica Chastain and Cameron Diaz

Just before the show began, a shriek came from somewhere along the front row. I couldn’t see past the paparazzi, but I later learned that actress Jessica Chastain, who was sitting with Cameron Diaz, had just been told about her Oscar nomination for her role in The Help. After the show, I had the pleasure of congratulating Jessica backstage, as she clutched a huge bouquet of white roses (a gift from Giorgio) and fought back happy tears. It was another great moment, and the sort of event that makes the Haute Couture so very special.

Armani Privé - Susan in her seat at Armani Privé, waiting for the lights to dim and the show to start

Susan in her seat at Armani Privé, waiting for the lights to dim and the show to start

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Then, of course, came the show itself–and, once again, Giorgio Armani ran the gamut from elegant day clothes to cocktail looks to gala evening wear. Jackets were short, with nipped waists and peplums, made from luxurious materials (and all beautifully cut). The skins, in particular, were outstanding.

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As usual, the workmanship and materials were beyond gorgeous. I was slightly distracted by Giorgio’s odd use of green–I tend to love the color in general, but many of these shades struck me as unflattering.

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That said, there were more than a few remarkable pieces, including a soft and floaty full skirt (shown with a simple black top and a strange-but-oh-so-elegant chapeau); sets of beautifully-detailed clutches, carried with matching gloves; and some off-the-shoulder gowns that were absolutely divine.

Armani Privé - Giorgio Armani takes a bow at the end of the _défilé_

Giorgio Armani takes a bow at the end of the défilé

Armani Privé - Susan backstage after the show with videographer Luca Finotti

Susan backstage after the show with videographer Luca Finotti

Armani Privé - Giorgio Armani and Susan share a moment at the end of the runway

Giorgio Armani and Susan share a moment at the end of the runway

In the end, Giorgio Armani is a rare maestro –all I can say is Bravo!

Photographs by Arnaud Paumier

FASHION WEEKS, HAUTE COUTURE, CHIC WOMEN'S STYLE, Armani Privé (14), Paris (393)

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