On Sunday night, Giorgio Armani sponsored a dinner party in Rome following a special screening of “The Young Pope.”
The 10-episode TV series, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, who won an Academy Award in 2014 with “The Great Beauty” movie, will tell the story of Lenny Belardo, the first Italian-American to be elected pope and who takes the name Pio XIII. The main character is played by British actor Jude Law.
Armani contributed to the movie production by designing a range of nonclerical clothes and accessories, including the sunglasses worn by the character of Pio XIII.
The series will debut in Italy on Oct. 21 and then, at the end of the month, in the U.K., Germany, Austria and France. “The Young Pope” will be broadcast in the United States next year.
This is not the first time Armani has collaborated with Sorrentino, who also appears in a short movie inaugurating the “Films of City Frames” project linked to the brand’s “Frames of Life” eyewear collection. In addition, Sorrentino directed the “Send” short film screened at the Giorgio Armani Spring/Summer 2015 women’s runway show in Milan in September 2014.
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