Check out all the pictures from Giorgio Armani's Spring 2013 collection, and come back soon for our full review.
Giorgio Armani has become an icon with his multiple fashion brands, and within each of his lines, there are plenty of stellar beauty moments from which to choose. From extravagant headwear and more, see the top hair and makeup looks that have complemented this Italian designer's elegant runway ensembles.
So much for all designers getting along: Giorgio Armani has responded to a blog post Roberto Cavalli wrote this week in which he called Armani a "little king" who holds an unfair sway over Milan's fashion community.
"Cavalli should be quiet because the 'Little King' could start to get angry," was all an amused Armani had to say when asked about the other designer's rant.
The post, which appeared on Cavalli's blog on Sept. 11, was a little more verbose. In it, Cavalli complained that the Italian Chamber of Fashion bows its head to major design houses like Armani and Dolce & Gabbana when it schedules Milan Fashion Week and gives them preferential placement. Cavalli worries that journalists leaving Milan early for Paris Fashion Week, which starts on Sept. 25, will miss his show, scheduled for Sept. 24.
"As usual, the Camera Nazionale della Moda is washing its hands of the situation and it will not go against the wishes of 'Little King' Armani, and therefore the problems are mine alone," Cavalli wrote.
Giorgio Armani called his Spring 2013 collection for Emporio Armani "Neat," and that was an apt description: the overwhelming lightness of color and the simplicity of the shapes he sent down the runway were very neat indeed.
The show started with menswear-inspired separates (think Prince of Wales check shorts paired with blazers and jackets, and suiting in shades of taupe and olive green). This faded to airy pieces in the palest pinks and blues, like two short-sleeved cardigans cut from a pleated, sheer material and cocktail dresses so light they fluttered as the models walked down the runway.
But as with all of Armani's collections, this one was strong — not sweet. There was a toughness to a metallic one-shoulder shirt that suggested chain mail and a selection of gently pleated pastel shorts with sheen. There weren't any gowns in this outing, but with so many other ways to sparkle, who needs them?
Armani gave Spring separates new fluidity. Easy shapes, muted pearlescent tones, and crafty cuts on suiting inspired a sense of movement that's youthful and entirely modern, essentially perfect for the (very polished) girl on the go. It was a turn to the more natural in neutral tones, and again, those fluid shapes; even when Armani did make references to more traditional suiting (the checkered patterns that opened the show), there wasn't that classic structure. There was an architectural twist and draping in everything, giving the collection a constant sense of movement. The absence of longer dresses also spoke to that contemporary vibe — no woman on the move wants to be weighted down with a floor-length hemline. These pieces — all pants, shorts, relaxed suiting, and minidressed — were indicative of a more casual lineup, and the more casual woman who will wear them. She's not sporty and she's not undone, but she doesn't do frills, either. Armani's girl is a cool customer who takes on both suiting and dressier fare with ease.
When celebrities want to blend sexy with menswear, they usually wear suits sans shirts — it's the perfect styling technique to inject major sex appeal into an otherwise masculine cut. Ashley Madekwe wore her gold sheen tuxedo blazer and matching shorts by The Kooples with black spiked Christian Louboutin pumps at a Nylon party in LA, Eva Longoria sported a blue shorts suit with matching peep-toes in NYC, and Gwyneth Paltrow donned her iridescent Giorgio Armani suit with peep-toe booties at the Iron Man 2 premiere in Hollywood. If you dare to bare your cleavage at your next special event, draw inspiration from these three ladies by wearing your shorts suit solo. Shop our favorite combos below to get started.
Over the years, several fashion designers have brought their signature styles to home decor. The result? Rich, gorgeous pieces that feature the same beautiful aesthetic that made the designers famous in the first place. From Missoni's bold prints to DVF's bright patterns and Armani's sexy, minimalist style, here are five of the top home collections from popular fashion designers.
"Life, I have sacrificed life," said the designer in an interview in Elle UK's September issue. "The life of a young man when I first started out and the life of a grown man at the age I am now."
Armani, who turned 78 last month, is both CEO and creative director of his business, which he owns outright without any outside investors. He says building his empire made having time for friendships a difficult challenge.
"It is even more so now. Even harder, which is very sad because life is all about friendships, discovering people's personalities, falling in love, not just once or twice, but often. In a word, life. To live in the world. For example, I don't know Milan. People tell me of Milan," said the designer, who has lived in the city for over half a century.
His personal life isn't the only sacrifice Armani has made for the sake of his business. He told WSJ. Magazine in June that his penchant for exercise once put him in the hospital.
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- According to Milan Fashion Week schedulers, Gucci will open the Spring 2013 shows in that city on Sept. 19. Giorgio Armani, who normally closes the week, will instead show midway through on Sept. 23, prompting some to believe that he has different plans for the end of the week. [The Cut]
- Amber Valletta stars in Pucci's very first ad campaign, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot. [Design Scene]
- For the first time in five seasons, Oscar de la Renta's ad campaign doesn't involve Karlie Kloss. Instead, the brand's Fall 2012 ads feature Candice Swanepoel and Katryn Kruger. [Fashion Gone Rogue]
- Issey Miyake will release a fragrance called Pleats Please. It will hit Austria next month, but it won't hit the United States until 2013. [WWD]
- What's Michael Kors's favorite escape? The beach. "If I could, I'd burn every shoe I own." But will he drink beer on the beach? "Sure! I’m American — why not?" [Daily Front Row]
Above: The finale of Gucci's Fall 2012 show.
"I love things that age well — things that don't date, that stand the test of time, and that become living examples of the absolute best," Giorgio Armani has said. At age 78, with his trim figure, tanned skin, and jet-set lifestyle, the visionary designer seems to embody that philosophy to a T — a supersleek black one knit from the finest cotton, of course.
Whether aboard his $60 million yacht or entertaining friends at one of his nine homes or kicking back on his private island in the Ionian Sea, Armani knows a thing or two about maintaining the good life — and he should. Since launching his eponymous line in 1975, Armani has worked tirelessly to become Italy's most successful and iconic designer. His first year in business he made just $14,000; in 2012 the Armani empire — which includes ready-to-wear, couture, accessories, menswear, beauty, home goods, and a chain of hotels — is worth an estimated $7.2 billion.
In honor of our favorite sneaker-wearing, Mercedes-driving, beach-lounging designer's July 11 birthday, here are 78 fabulous snaps that are almost as fabulous as Armani himself.