Giorgio Armani admires Kate Middleton's sense of style.
Giorgio Armani presented his new autumn-winter collection yesterday to an A-list crowd for Paris Haute Couture fashion week. His Privé collection was based on the amber gemstone, using its every shade, from sandalwood to gold. There were lustrous evening gowns and tweed skirt-suits.
One of 12 individually styled suites at the revamped May Fair Hotel, the Schiaparelli Suite takes its name from the fuchsia-loving, avant-garde Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli. This vast suite may be fairly restrained in its homage to the designer, but its combination of colour and comfort is a winning one, with pink pony-skin and leather fittings, fuchsia pillows and a hot pink retro-styled armchair.
With many of the international collections so far focusing on pared-down, even practical clothes, the extroverted woman looking for something with a bit more va-va-voom might be justifiably anxious. Step forward Versace, which showed yesterday that its commitment to sexy, flashbulb-popping clothes doesn't waver.
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"Mr Armani will be here any minute... I think I can hear him," whispers one member of the immaculately Armani-suited Swat team of PR people, translators and personal assistants nervously straining their ears towards the door of the Italian fashion designer's private office at the heart of the Armani empire in Milan.