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Giorgio Armani's latest Haute Couture collection is an Art Deco-inspired feast of feathers, sequins, patent leather and crystals.The Italian designer played off bright reds against dazzling blue tones in his collection in Paris on Tuesday.
Beaded caps sported by some models gave outfits a 1920s-era flapper twist, as swaying, fringed skirts succeeded slinkier numbers and intricately textured jackets which caught the light at certain angles.
Clunky earrings and patterned gowns recalled the geometry of Art Deco architecture, and models walked to the sultry soundtrack of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1970 film The Conformist.
Some outfits in the label's high-end Armani Prive range had an oriental air, in the rounded necklines of some dresses, flowing silk styles, or a kimono-style cloak.
The brand said it had also drawn on Chinese lacquer as an inspiration and to enhance some looks.
Haute Couture Fashion Week, which runs until January 24, celebrates an elite club of designers turning out elaborate, one-of-a-kind looks.