Armani First on the Web to Show You Things You’ll Never Afford

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Wednesday was a red-letter day for any and all of you who enjoy the thrill of fashion shows but equally as much as you like sitting in your underwear in front of a computer screen, eating an entire jar of peanut butter with a spoon. Reason being, as reported by the AP, Giorgio Armani debuted his new haute couture collection in Paris and, for the first time ever, broadcast the show on the internet. Here’s a bit:

It was just the latest in a series of publicity coups for Armani, which included a huge fashion show and concert in London in September that drew stars including Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio and Beyonce Knowles.

Wednesday’s event illustrated the paradox at the heart of haute couture — though its customers are estimated at less than 500 people worldwide, images of these shows helps fuel sales of lucrative cosmetics and perfume.

Anna Wintour, the influential editor-in-chief of U.S. Vogue, said she was in favor of any effort to bring fashion to the masses.

“I think it’s wonderful,” she said, referring to the Armani Webcast. “It helps (fashion) maintain a glamorous image and I’m all for it.”