Paris SS 2011 Couture: Armani Privé

Custom made Philip Treacy flying saucer hats and mirror shine organza shot the Musée Bourdelle into a galactic space invasion. Already dubbed 'Planet GaGa', models in oil slick, liquid mercury fabrics with a cosmic palate of Mars Attacks red, Moon white, Midnight blue and galvanised grey appeared to glide, almost in orbit down the runway. Silks were threaded with metal to create a weighty, structured metallic sheen which looked deceivingly lighter than air. In contrast, others were fluid, cut on the bias with billowing silk trailing at the model's feet. Dresses were sliced into a round neck (no twee Peter Pan collars here) and Silhouettes were spherical, with volumness hoops of fabric orbiting around the model at the hips and waist. Legs were covered, by either maxi-length dresses or skinny trousers of organza.

Raw cut gems formed vests and embellished cardigans and tops. Shoe heels looked like they were carved from Neptune glaciers with their transparent plastic, some were jewelled- but all of them were sky high and round with a slight point. As the show went on the Treacy hats were exchanged for jewelled mesh fencing masks worn with drop earrings. There was a real feel of the raw, organic metallics from an unexplored planet.

Bags were clutched in the hand, some with handles and were made from the same fabrics as the dresses- croc-skin Mars red, cellophane sweet wrapper block colours and iced gems.

Simply put- Out of this world.