January 25, 2009 Paris
That would make a neat story, but it's possible to overthink these things. Armani has always loved Asian aesthetics and he's been a frequent flyer to the East since he extended his empire there half a decade ago, so in many ways he's just going back over territory he's explored often before. In any case, this collection really fell into two parts: the pagoda tailoring and the power play for the Hollywood red carpet. The latter was more effective, especially the shimmering paillette hourglass sheaths and the plethora of strapless gowns. As we all know, strapless shows no signs of dying out as the event uniform of choice. Which is why Armani doubtless spoke with full confidence in smartly rebutting the R-word question with, "I am sure this collection will be a success."