TIES THAT BIND: To coincide with the Universal Exposition in Milan next year, Giorgio Armani is planning to open a museum-archive in May to be called Armani Silos, located in a former Nestlé industrial area near his theater on Milan’s Via Bergognone. “It will also be a cultural center, open to the arts and to those who study fashion — sort of my own Tate Gallery,” the designer said after the Emporio Armani show.
He underscored the opportunity the Expo offers to Milan, despite the recent corruption scandal that is bringing several managers and ex-members of parliament under arrest over alleged attempts to influence public tenders. “Who wouldn’t be worried about that? But I have faith it will all turn out for the best,” he said.
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Armani praised the work done so far by pro-business Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, although the designer chastised his habit of often wearing a white shirt without a tie. “Barack Obama wears a white shirt, too, but always with a tie. More ties and less fashion-y looks is my advice to Renzi. But he is doing an excellent job.”
Armani also revealed that company sales are up 6 percent in the first half.
Prior to the show, Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler talked about his gig Wednesday in Milan. “The stage is my mistress, and after working out for two hours on it, I feel I get my 20-year-old body back,” said Tyler, who was there with the band’s lead guitarist, Joe Perry.
As for attending fashion shows, Tyler confessed: “My middle name should be front row. I love being in the limelight.”
Tyler and Perry are also expected to attend the Roberto Cavalli show on Tuesday.