1.¬†This article in Vogue magazine back in the early 80s was the first to open my eyes to Giorgio Armani. It was the first time I had seen a designer/design portrayed in a serious way. I thought he looked so cool and I loved that he had a bicycle on the runway. Actually that bike added a lighthearted and sporty touch that made the Armani persona so intriguing to me.
2.¬†The party begins! The opening of Armani Silos with a retrospective of Giorgio Armani’s forty year career!
3. ¬†One of the 160 looks at tonight’s Armani retrospective show! Just over her shoulder is Leonardo DiCaperio, Cate Blanchett, Sophia Loren and just a bit further down was Tina Turner and Glenn Close. Seriously glamorous night in Milan.
4.¬†This is Giorgio Armani modeling his own clothes in Italian Vogue November 1974. This is the text that accompanied it translated into English in the back of that issue “No doubt, this is the year of his debut, even if, strange as it may sound, when thinking of him that for years now is going full swing. Until yesterday, after all, he never showed his collections with his name. He kept away from the show-window. He allowed his collections to be shown with the labels of the firms with which he collaborated. But he could not miss a date with Milan, the new center of men’s fashion. Finally he decided: he joined all his collections and introduced himself personally in the halls of the extremely old Carminati restaurant in the Piazza del Duomo for the Spring dress rehearsal.”
5.¬†Giorgio Armani’s first ad in Italian Vogue September 1974 announcing his first runway show on October 10th at 5:30 Ristorante Carminati. In the ad he explains that he will present his work for Hilton, Gibo, Montedoro, Sicons and Gabrielli for the first time under his own label. I can’t think of another designer that had entered the fashion world in quite this manner. I imagine the negotiations between all those Italian brands must have been very delicate. I’ve never heard him discuss this part of his early career which is too bad because it really speaks to his business as well as his creative genius.
6.¬†How can Renata Molho keep getting more beautiful every year?
*Articles and Images from my personal Armani Archive & photos from last nights event.
In this week alone what has been the¬†industry’s daily newspaper for as long as most of us can remember, has morphed into a weekly edition. Lucky magazine is being rumored to reduce to an online shop only, and Style.com will be absorbed under the umbrella of Vogue.com as a newly established VogueRunway.com (article from WWD here).
The domain Style.com will continue to exist, but as an e-commerce site only.
WWD seems to be taking the right step for their publication. They maintain their importance online by offering quick of the minute news as it occurs on¬†WWD.com, and by condensing the once daily paper into a weekly edition, their presence within print still remains.
Even though this makes sense for now, there is no denying print is steadily on its way out. The question magazines are now facing is how to make that money back through their online platforms. It will be interesting to see if these magazines online shops (LuckyShops, ShopBazaar, and the soon to be revamped Style.com) will really be where people go to buy.
This is the first real great collection of Irving Penn’s work in one book. I’ve always wanted to own it and I finally found a copy in good condition at a good price at my favorite bookstore in Paris,¬†Comptoir de l‚ÄôImage (post on the bookstore here).
Moments Preserved: Eight Essays In Photographs And Words
Published by¬†Simon & Schuster; 1st edition (1960)
I took this photo on the very last day of my two week trip to India at the end of last year.
I was exhausted by the end of the trip. I had been out shooting all day and I was ready to turn back to the hotel – but when I turned the corner and saw this young man dressed in all black, covered in coal and sporting a haircut worthy of Guido Palau – the energy I had been rapidly loosing rushed back through me.
It’s a photo I like to look back on now. It reminds me to keep pushing myself and to keep looking for that next thing I might stumble upon around an unassuming corner.
After last nights Martin Margiela post, today seems like a good procession would be to follow up with John Galliano’s Interview from the British Vogue Festival earlier this week. Among many things, the designer discusses the changes that have occurred at the shows in his four year absence, what it was like making his close friend Kate Moss’s wedding dress, as well as his role as creative director of a house with a previously absent designer.
It’s nice to see Galliano again. And it’s always great to hear the musings behind the design work of someone so creatively brilliant.