ARMANI’S CHOICE: Giorgio Armani continues to support young designers by hosting the show of Edmund Ooi at his Armani Theater on Jan. 17, the first day of the upcoming Milan Men’s Fashion Week. “The initiative to support the new generation of designers, which started a few seasons ago, continues to excite me because I concretely see the results and I try to keep an international perspective,” Armani said, pointing to the fact that Ooi was born in Malaysia, where at age 19 he received the Best Avant-Garde Designer award, and he now lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium.

“I’m incredibly honored that Giorgio Armani chose me to show my collection in his beautiful theater,” Ooi said. “For a young designer like me, words are not enough to express the emotion and gratitude to be able to unveil my work and the things I trust to the world.”

This story first appeared in the December 23, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Previously, Armani put his theater at the disposal of emerging designers including Andrea Pompilio, Stella Jean, Julian Zigerli, Au Jour le Jour’s Diego Marquez and Mirko Fontana, Christian Pellizzari and Angelos Bratis.

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