THAT’S SHOW BIZ: Giorgio Armani is not one to beat around the bush. On Monday, during a news conference to present the issue of the Italian bimonthly, L’Europeo, dedicated to fashion, in which the designer wrote the preface, Armani reiterated his distaste for shocking runway shows that “ridicule fashion” and give a “distorted” image of the industry to the general public. “For many designers, what goes on the runway is only 20 percent of what they actually produce and sell,” said Armani, who lamented a general lack of good taste and a “fanatic” desire of many to do anything to gain a cover. Armani also said many fashion journalists were equally responsible for the public’s twisted view of fashion. “It’s their duty to educate the readers,” urged Armani.

Armani echoed a sentiment expressed by Diego Della Valle last month, who, in an interview with an Italian weekly, said the press was not critical of the collections and did not focus enough on the clothes but on the sensationalism of the shows.

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