Catwalk Calling: Armani Privé Travels To Another Galaxy For SS11 Couture

Catwalk Calling: Armani Privé Travels To Another Galaxy For SS11 Couture

Flashback to 2011, where the runways were ablaze with profoundly unique designs only Armani himself could produce.

Flashback to 2011, where the runways were ablaze with profoundly unique designs only Armani himself could produce.

Text: Danielle Combs

Behind each Haute Couture collection is a spellbinding story that encapsulates fantasy, whimsy, and inventiveness of epic proportions. Since the inception of Armani’s eponymous couture collection in 2005, the Italian designer has remained steadfast throughout his career, first positioning himself as a true menswear innovator with his sharply cut suits in the ‘80s and later expanding his repertoire to include unrivaled red-carpet gowns for Hollywood’s most elite starlets.

In anticipation of the upcoming Haute Couture shows in January, we're taking a look back at one of Armani's most memorable Haute Couture offerings. For Spring 2011, the designer unveiled an unprecedented Haute Couture collection that transported onlookers to an alternate dimension, where Armani was able to produce clothes that look like they came from an intergalactic planet. Out of the gate, Armani opened his show with a seamless jacket, skirt, and leggings that seemed to depict liquid mercury cascading over the model’s body with each passing step. Her space-age saucer—one of the countless hats designed by Philip Treacy—signified that was she ready to beam into outer space. With each passing look, longtime admirers of the namesake brand were left speechless. And as the show came to a close, the UFO headgear was replaced with intricately beaded fencing masks alongside the collection’s show-stopping gowns.

Click through the slideshow to witness one of Armani’s most daring and unique runway collections.

Credits: Photos via Vogue Runway

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