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At Armani couture show, classic clothes and megawatt stars

July 7, 2009 | 10:04 am

Armani couture 2 Jenny Barchfield of the Associated Press reports that Giorgio Armani's couture offerings "opened on familiar but strong territory with a series of pantsuits, his signature look, embellished with rhinestone-hemmed cuffs and buttons that looked like minature crystal balls." Barchfield continues:

Armani couture 1 Then the Italian designer brought out the big guns or, rather, the shiny guns, with bustier dresses covered in scintillating silver or champagne-colored crystals, sequins and beaded fringe. Models wore beaded headpieces with dangling fringe that perched at a jaunty angle on their identical dark bobbed wigs.

Not surprisingly, the show attracted its share of stars, including Cate Blanchett, who described  the show as "blinding" and "beautiful," and Megan Fox, who has made a few recent headlines with her outpouring of love for her latest film "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and its director, Michael Bay.

Blanchett wore a pagoda-shouldered dress by Armani; Fox wore a gray asymmetrical cocktail dress by the designer.

-- Alice Short

Pictures: Fall-Winter 2009/2010 Paris couture shows.

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Photos: Remy de la Mauviniere / Associated Press