Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

For Spring 2011, Armani was, he says, inspired by "the Tuareg peoples," who dwell in the central Sahara. While I'm totally unqualified to do so, I'm gonna go ahead and suggest that these clothes bear no resemblance to theirs.

Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

Unless, that is, there are way more cocktail parties in the Central Sahara than I realized.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

...and it's a lot cooler than we understood.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

And look, no one's saying this isn't very nice, and somehow evocative of a sand dune, if you sort of close one eye.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

"Sahara" just wouldn't have been our first guess is all.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

(And by the way, this necklace is kind of macabre.)


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

One thing that's cool about Armani is that it could always kind of be 1991.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

In fact, this facet of the collection is a bit more playful than usual.


Armani Designs Cocktail Dresses For Saharan Nomads

It's always fun to see what takes he does on suiting: in this case, Sahara hip mom circa '68.