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Red-Carpet Season Goes On at Armani

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The red carpet may have been rolled up and stored for the season, but the gowns that walked it are getting their second act at Armani/5th Avenue. Along with Lady Gaga’s spacewoman/ambiguous-religious-icon Armani Privé dress and bejeweled bodysuit from this year’s Grammys (pictured; on Gaga here)—so tiny that it took two devoted Armani staffers to fit on the mannequin—the store windows were rife with dazzlers. There’s the navy and cobalt beaded Armani Privé number Anne Hathaway wore to the 2009 Golden Globes, when she was nominated for Rachel Getting Married. And the fire engine-red sequined gown Katie Holmes donned for the 2008 Met Costume Institute Gala. “There’s been all these little girls on vacation who come in and ask, ‘Can I try that dress on?’ ” the flagship’s vice president, Philippe Neraud, said with a smile. Though from first glance, shoppers may not know that a few moments of glory often comes with a bit of sacrifice. “I was unpacking the dresses and I tried to lift this one out, but I couldn’t do it without using two hands,” Neraud explained of Beyoncé’s metal chain-link minidress from the 2010 Grammys. “I don’t know how she wore it. It was like 30 pounds!” he added. “She had the weight of the world on her shoulders.”

Giorgio Armani’s red-carpet retrospective is on display at Armani/5th Avenue, 717 Fifth Ave., NYC, until March 21, 2010.

Photo: Courtesy of Giorgio Armani

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