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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)