Giorgio Armani Privé: Once again, Giorgio Armani scored the season's biggest star wattage as the dazzling Cate Blanchett graced his front row, a knockout vision of black and blonde. She took in the designer's best Privé collection yet, a controlled, savvy ode to wearable chic of the tony sort.

Though Armani cited David Bowie as his inspiration, he kept the references so well in check that, save for the occasional spangled fedora, big holographic buckle closures and some glam-rocky colors, one could easily have missed the connection. And that was wise indeed, as Armani thus avoided the silliness such a theme might trigger. The lone caveat: his finale, a trio of gowns with bizarre molded elliptical skirts. If he was aiming for Space Oddity, well, he hit the mark. Still, Armani should be excused that bit of overwrought theatricality. After all, this is couture. And no disrespect to Bowie, the actual inspirations here were real women — Blanchett and those who would resemble her — who covet chic, flattering clothes. Armani packed his lineup with plenty.

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