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Armani Goes East at Paris Couture Week

It was all about peaked shoulders and 1970s glamour for fashion icon Giorgio Armani’s Prive couture show.Asian styles and loose, silken silhouettes influenced the collection that warmed frozen guests with its bright colour palette.Saturated oranges and golden reds evoked the sun of the Far East.Shimmering sheer silks, plumed boas and fastidious embroideries made this an intricate and archetypally couture display.

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It was a big day for guests Nicole Kidman and Isabelle Huppert as both were nominated for Oscars just three hours before the show.

Proud: The actress, 49, looked truly stunning in a form-fitting black gown as she took her place on the FROW alongside her fellow Oscar nominee, Isabelle Huppert (right)Luckily they’re not competitors – Kidman’s nod is in the supporting actress category for Lion and Huppert is up for lead actress for Elle, or the front row seating might have been awkward. “I just want to sit here and talk to her about acting,” Kidman said of the French legend, though Huppert was taking congratulatory calls up until the show started.Paris Haute Couture Week Front RowNicole Kidman at the Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture show in Paris.REX Shutterstock.Paris Haute Couture Week Front RowIsabelle Huppert at the Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture show in Paris.REX Shutterstock

Armani once again chose a theme color and stuck to it for most of the 48 looks; this time around orange was his hue. As usual, he looked East for inspiration, with Chinese frog fasteners on some jackets, and long flowing skirts inspired by the Indian mandala.

But the color of carrots and pumpkins can be hard to wear; luckily, the veteran couturier broke the monotony with some stunning black gowns that could be red carpet contenders, particularly a slinky one-shouldered silk column. Beaded bibs were an eccentric accessory that worked well.