Georgina Chapman leapt from ancient China to the lush exoticism of Madame Butterfly this time out, still taking her cues from the Far East yet showing even greater ambition in her craftsmanship. “I wanted to [capture] the real look of Japan, create layers and bits of origami,” Chapman said at her presentation, which opened with an elegant duchesse satin “obi coat,” hand-painted — a first for the designer — in black-and-white leaves.

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