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Admitting that he has long been capitvated by the "refined sense of aesthetic" that the Japanese culture holds, Giorgio Armani built his Prive Couture A/W 2011-12 collection around this notion. Like most of us the designer was "profoundly moved by the tragic events unleashed by the earthquake last March," and therefore aimed to pay homage to the country.

Channelling the East, Armani brought the exotic into Paris this week with folding pleats, kimono coats, and silk floral prints bearing painted blossoms. A combination of traditional-meets-modern Japan, he added high waist trousers, sharp shoulders, velvet capes, and a myriad of colourful and intriguing printed suits. For evening, Armani really shone by adding embellishments including crystals, sequins and fringing. Each look was topped off with sculptural bow-like head pieces. Click on to see a few looks and a video from the catwalk show...

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