MILAN — Giorgio Armani loves connecting to the acting world.
In addition to last week's financial support for the Sydney Theatre Company, co-led by Cate Blanchett, Armani has designed the clothes for Tom Cruise, who stars in Robert Redford's new movie "Lions for Lambs," a political drama that explores the human consequences of America's war on terror.
Aside from Cruise, the cast of the film, which premieres at the London Film Festival today, includes Redford and Meryl Streep.
Armani, who teamed up with acclaimed costume designer Mary Zophres for the project, created a formal wardrobe for Cruise, who plays Sen. Jasper Irving. To wit, there are clean and lean vested suits from the made-to-measure line.
"I have known Tom for more than 20 years, and this one was a seamless collaboration because his role resonated in my made-to-measure collection," said Armani. "I have worked in proximity to Hollywood long enough to know that when a Robert Redford project comes to me with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep attached, I say yes without waiting for a translation."
Armani and Zophres will work together again in the upcoming George Clooney film "Burn After Reading."
On a different note, the designer has flanked his new Emporio Armani Diamonds fragrance with a mini collection of sunglasses, a watch and a small range of costume jewelry. Most pieces fuse a vintage feel with a modern spin. The rigid bracelet watch features a double curved dial, resplendent with 60 zircons, beveled markers and a dome crystal.
The jewelry draws from Twenties and Thirties diamond pieces and includes a pair of earrings, a bracelet and a necklace crafted with flexible invisible silver settings and baguette-cut zircons.
There also is a pair of chunky acetate oval frames with a diamond-cut crystal embedded in the arm. Retail prices go from $419 for the earrings and watches to $845 for the bracelet.
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