This month, Giorgio Armani is unveiling his grandest vision yet—a 43,000-square-foot Fifth Avenue flagship to showcase his entire world, from clothing to chocolates, fragrance to furniture. While the current economic climate may not seem like the most auspicious time to open an ambitious new emporium, the Milan-based designer is confident that his rigorously honed modernist aesthetic remains more resonant than ever. Here, the designer discusses vision, visibility and the importance of being persistent. How do you define beauty? Beauty is something innate, which belongs to one’s own personality and interior values rather than to one’s physical appearance. In other words, a beautiful mind is the key to attractiveness. In this sense, I strongly believe that cosmetics are about enhancing rather than masking one’s features, just as I believe that clothing should never disguise the wearer, but instead should help reveal his/her inner character. How do your nurture your mind, body and soul? It’s very important to take care of our body and our skin as the condition of these refl ects how we are doing both physically and mentally. I’m happy to use my men’s skin care cream—Skin Minerals for Men—every day. I also drink a lot of water to keep hydrated, and exercise every morning with my personal trainer.
How do you define creativity? Creativity is a way of expressing one’s own ideas and tastes. My favorite channel of expression is designing products of different kinds—in this way, I have a ready outlet, and am able to convey my aesthetic values.
What does success mean to you? Success is something that you need to fight for. It is a result of years of dedication, work and self-discipline. I have sacrificed a lot during my lifetime in order to achieve and maintain success in my chosen field: from holidays to hobbies and aspects of my personal life. But the present result is worth it!
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be? I would cancel war and poverty. If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? I must confess I feel very lucky to have achieved what I have during my life. However, if I were to change one thing, it would be to spend more time with my family and closest friends, as well as dedicating more time to myself—maybe sailing more often on board my boat!
What inspires you? I can be inspired by all manner of things—art, books, people I meet, travel and especially fi lm, which has been a passion of mine since I was a boy. I am open to the world around me, and that is what inspires me.
Do you have a motto? Less is more. What does la dolce vita mean to you? It means many things—a glass of wine with friends, a voyage on my yacht, a holiday at my home on the Mediterranean island of Pantelleria, an intimate dinner with my family at Nobu and even a quiet night at home watching one of my favorite films, like Notorious by Alfred Hitchcock, which I never seem to tire of. Who do you admire most in the world and why? I admire any creative person who has a personal vision that they stick to with conviction and passion. It is easy to be sidetracked, and sometimes difficult to believe in yourself.
Is there anyone who you haven't dressed who you would like to? Of course, there are—and will be— many, but it would not be fair to mention one in particular. What advice would you give one who hopes to follow in your footsteps? To always remain consistent in pursuing their own ideas—that’s the real secret of my success.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)