Bonnie J Brown for Second City Style Magazine
He’s Italian, tan to the point of glowing, in prime shape (for his age), he’s frequently surrounded by beautiful women and has impeccable taste. No, I’m not talking about Jersey Shore's Mike the Situation, but instead, Italy’s most successful designer, Giorgio Armani. His success can certainly be found in the numbers, as he is consistently ranked on Forbes’ The World’s Billionaires list. Armani’s most recent and lucrative successes can be linked to the fact that he has lent his name and image to everything from cosmetics to hotels and restaurants. And while the Armani name is synonymous with luxury, this luxury stems from the fact that he makes beautiful clothing.
Rather than seeking out a career in fashion, Armani seemed to stumble into it more than anything else. Before becoming a window dresser for an Italian department store in the 1950’s, he studied for a time to become a doctor and then later a photographer. Luckily, he had an eye for clothing and quickly became the buyer for the menswear department. Later he went to Nino Cerruti and designed men’s clothing while also freelancing as a designer for a number of other menswear lines. It wasn’t until 1975 that Armani designed a collection under his own name and also debuted a women’s line of clothing. With his long history as a menswear designer, it is no secret that the suit is a thing of passion for Armani. The cut is impeccable and practically screams elegance, but is understated enough so that the wearer wears the suit rather than the other way around.
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