Giorgio Armani's couture woman this season is dark and regal, dressed in black, red, purple and chartreuse with a hint of metallic and Oriental touches. Her shoulders are big, her waist defined, and her fabrics risky - think leather and lace with heavy silk thrown in for good measure. The silhouette is reminiscent of the 80s doing the 40s. It's sharp and sleek, with most skirts hitting just below the knee and jackets fastening tightly at the natural waist. Evening gowns, as usual, are showstoppers, from a red one-shouldered number to plenty of opulent lace-trimmed black numbers that'll give Oscar attendees plenty to choose from.

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