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.
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye