‘King Giorgio’ Armani wraps Milan Fashion Week with play on red

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Giorgio Armani to Stay Independent While Designer Is Still Alive.

“While I am alive, there will be independence,” Armani, 81, told reporters Monday after his spring-summer fashion show in Milan. “Soon after, perhaps I will have prepared the ground for a type of independence that is more measured, more controlled.” Some of the biggest names in fashion are presenting succession quandaries as they enter their twilight years.And Sophia Loren is still turning heads at the age of 81, making a dramatic entrance as she arrived at the Giorgio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week in Italy on Monday. The actress emanated glamour and sophistication as she flashed a royal wave to the crowd ahead of watching the luxury brand’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection go down the runway.

At stake are combined annual revenue of more than $40 billion and Europe’s hold on the global market for designer handbags, shoes and other personal luxury goods. The star was joined by a host of Italian celebrities as she enjoyed a front row look at veteran designer Giorgio’s latest colourful, urban glam collection. Armani, who rose to prominence dressing Richard Gere in the 1980 film American Gigolo, said last year he hasn’t made up his mind about what happens to his business after him. Sophia has often spoken of her desire to grow old gracefully, and it was plain to see she had stuck to her values, with just some rosy blush and pink lipstick enhancing her striking features.

Outside the shows, the human peacocks who live to be photographed and haven’t quite twigged that “relaxed is the new glamour”, still teeter around in stripper heels and clothes than in any other context would be deemed fetish wear at best, gauchely garish at worst. Sophia, best known for her roles in Two Women and Marriage Italian-Style, shockingly confessed last year that she was strongly advised by film industry bosses to have cosmetic surgery when she was starting out. ‘They were saying that my nose was too long and my mouth was too big.

The designer has no children, though his nephew and two nieces are on the board, and has previously explored deals with Hermes International SCA and Arnault’s LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE. Rather it concerns overtly crafted clothes worn with contrived disregard: understated but clearly expensive loafers, ideally with the back-leather trodden down, intricately woven coats sliding off shoulders, richly embroidered, antique looking tops worn with silk trousers that feel like jogging pants – and often look like them too. He’s also behind the Armani hotels in Milan and Dubai. “Being able to choose the light that you like in an office as much as designing an unruly or highly elegant collection, this is independence,” said Armani, who serves as owner, creative director and chief executive officer of the company he founded 40 years ago. “But you need means to maintain independence.” Master of the killer red carpet dress that also looks – relatively speaking – comfortable, his art is to inject sporty basics with luxurious hallmarks, tone down the grand statement, bling up the casual. Stripy-wedge flat-forms (Milan is once again obsessed with the stripe) of block coloured high heeled Mary Janes, geometric red and white prints and glossy bags all added to the currency.

In May he flew in the fashion crowd – and Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tina Turner, Glenn Close, Tom Cruise –for a string of celebrations (Italian parties never seem to come singly).

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