Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What Influenced Me When I Was Young – Aldo Fallai for Armani

These are some of the Aldo Fallai photos that I remember loving so much when I was growing up.

Like I said in my contest post these were images that ,as a kid in Indiana, I could relate to – I had a family, I rode a bike, I played basketball – but it was all projected in a way that was a little more dreamy and romantic than what I saw around me. Too bad Armani has gotten so far away from these type of images.


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  1. AnastasiaC

    December 12, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing – I have never seen these ads…Im loving everyone’s style answers – Ive printed out 70 pages of comments to read tonight at home! cool!!

  2. Anonymous

    December 12, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Beautiful and very inspiring!!

    I can almost see the influences of these photographs in your work. Stylish wonderful pieces worn in everyday settings – yet there is nothing ‘everyday’ about them. They are so artfully done. Elegant. Such an eye for each detail. Clearly and wonderfully presented.

    The same way I would describe your work!

  3. herringbonekid

    December 12, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    ads always look better than reality. those are seductive images. the reality was men wandering around in oversize suits with too big shoulders and sleeves rolled up. the 80s were probably the worst decade for suits after the 70s.

  4. marie

    December 12, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing the photos!

  5. Anonymous

    December 12, 2006 at 9:33 pm

    With the exception of the middle shot, I would have sworn these were current photos just done up in B&W.

    Now THAT’S classic style!


  6. vintagent

    December 13, 2006 at 1:28 am

    Herrringbonekid, I have to disagree about your notion of 80′s suits! Those Armani suits in Sart’s ads are beautiful, and would look great today; I was just thinking how well they’ve held up. I can’t abide Armani’s style currently though; everything seems so middle brow and middle aged.

    I confess that I’m feeling inspired tonight as a new vintage clothing store has opened up in Union Square SF, ‘Torso’, and I bought an 80′s couture Issey Miyake grey shiny wool/nylon suit. It’s straight off the runway, and an amazing design. Yes, the legs need to be straightened out a little, and I’ll have the shoulders squared up just slightly, but the suit is a killer as it stands, and I’m bringing into a more contemporary look.

  7. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 3:14 am

    so beautiful and so real.

  8. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 3:15 am

    so beautiful and so real.

  9. Moi

    December 13, 2006 at 4:55 am

    I do not agree at all with your opinion of Armani having left away that style. Giorgio Armani (1st line) is still that elegant, atemporal style though also cool and fashion. Other lines have other styles because other lines have been born and brought by to achieve other stlyles and public.

  10. Qi

    December 13, 2006 at 6:11 am

    Those were the days… :-)

  11. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 6:59 am

    I remember these…loved them myself. Back then Armani was so much more focused, both in menswear and womenswear. Nowadays with the strange hats and puff shorts….

  12. Anonymous

    December 13, 2006 at 7:01 am

    I remember these…loved them myself. Back then Armani was so much more focused, both in menswear and womenswear. Nowadays with the strange hats and puff shorts….

  13. herringbonekid

    December 13, 2006 at 12:38 pm

    Vintagegent, i agree that the suits in the ad look good, although the shoulders are too big especially the one on the right. it’s what they INSPIRED that was more the problem.

  14. Butch

    December 13, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    Perhaps it’s misguided to expect the couture in the photo to behave similarly in life.

    Shots like these live (gorgeously!) in and of themselves; they evoke a world with reference to ours, but one that is also autonomous. Their great value lies in what they excite in us as we look at them…

  15. she

    May 23, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I worked with Aldo and it was always an adventure. Fun and creative – always the connection between the models and photographer. Always different from whatever the “typical” job no matter how glam. He taught me how to be more feminine in men’s clothing than in any chiffon extravaganganza. And vice versa. It always worked!
    I loved every minute and was stunned when his photos were completely neglected in the Armani Guggenheim show.

    There are few who come close to the natural elegance and humor of Aldo Fallai. We were living in the clothes when we shot them. They weren’t “poses”.

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