I know, I know, his look isn’t daring or crazy, but Armani should be what all designers should aspire. Then make the nutty stuff! Yes, the man is worth billions and yes, he has created an empire. He has also been one of my favorite designers since I was a little girl.
Born in Piacenza, Italy in 1934, Giorgio Armani is one of the most
celebrated and influential designers ever. It was by happenstance he entered the fashion industry in the 60’s, after trying medicine (having studied at Milan
University) and photography. In 1964, he became a designer for Nino Cerruti’s men’s clothing company,
Hitman. Then Ungaro and Zegna. In 1974, Armani
introduced his own menswear label, his first womenswear collection came in 1975.
Since 1975, Armani has overseen the launch of Giorgio Armani Junior,
Underwear, Swimwear, Accessories, Occhiali, Emporio Armani, Armani
Jeans and Makeup. Today, the Armani empire comprises
some 2,000 emporia world-wide with annual sales of more than $1
Even still Armani asserts he bases his vision on the everyday people, believing that clothes should be made to be worn not just
seen. The wide-shouldered menswear inspired power suit
that was a trademark in the 80’s has been softened into a practical silhouette. Armani’s collections have evolved into
elegant and understated apparel. The "Jacket Master" had them all – fitted, loss, long or short. There was something for everyone. Armani’s neutral palette was mostly navy and
gray. Jackets were paired with full-cut breezy pants or a skirt with pleats or a ruffled hem.
Armani’s evening wear was the real show stopper. Pale nudes and pinks with specks of crystals and
pearls. There were gorgeous black gowns and a drop dead silver number.
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