Giorgio Armani News, Collections, Fashion Shows, and More

In 1975, Giorgio Armani introduced his first menswear pieces: supple bomber jackets made from leather treated like cloth. Encouraged by the response, Armani set about knocking the stuffing out of the stuffed suit look that had long dominated menswear. First to go were the padding and lining. Then, with a sculptor’s touch, he gave the shoulders a gentle slope, narrowed and elongated the lapels, and moved the center button down just so. Short men stood tall—and tall men, even taller. Taking inspiration from Neapolitan tailors, who made their suits from lightweight fabrics, Armani used less conventional, softer materials, including linen. Worn loose, an unconstructed Armani jacket gave the wearer a devil-may-care, slightly rumpled appearance.

Armani found the perfect advertisement for his look of louche luxury in American actor Richard Gere. In the 1980 film American Gigolo, Gere played a suave, high-class rent-boy who used his Armani suits as tools of seduction. Overnight, an Armani jacket became the ultimate status symbol for moneyed young men seeking an easy way to telegraph their success. Sales soared.

His understated look, in a palette of soft blue, brown, black, gray, and greige, also appealed to women. Armani introduced his first women’s suit jackets in 1975, in the same relaxed fit as his men’s styles and made with menswear fabrics. In the 1980s, women around the world adopted this new broad-shouldered, tapered power silhouette as a form of boardroom armor.

Having suited up Wall Street in his signature pinstripes and neutrals, Armani set up shop on Rodeo Drive in 1988. He courted Tinseltown in earnest, offering its luminaries a subtle way to turn up the wattage on Oscar night without dimming any of their own star power. Armani was the original red carpet dresser, styling celebrities for their big night even before the word stylist came into popular usage.

In 2005, at age 70, he established himself at the highest level of fashion: haute couture. The designer’s Armani Privécreations are frequently seen on the red carpet, worn by A-listers including BeyoncéCate Blanchett, and Alicia Keys.

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Farah’s New Collection Blends British Heritage With Sun-Soaked Ibizan Vibes

Today, the legend of Ibiza lives on and party-goers continue to flock to its sun-drenched shores every summer to escape the pull of reality. But the island’s heydey – responsible for its now legendary status – was back in the early ‘80s when idealists and counter-culturalists sought solace in Ibiza’s free-spirited culture and euphoric sound. With a heritage deeply informed by the music community, British menswear brand Farah has drawn inspiration from the spirit and the aesthetic of the “White Isle” for its high summer collection.

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The Tasteful Pebbled Leather “Hyper Pink” Air Jordan 1 Drops Today

Brand: Nike

Model: Air Jordan 1 “Black/Hyper Pink”

Key Features: The above Air Jordan 1 follows the same color-blocking pattern as the “Bred” Air Jordan 1, replacing the red with what Nike calls “hyper pink.” The black leather on the upper is a premium pebbled leather, adding a welcome change in texture to the classic silhouette.

Release Date: April 12

Price: $160

Buy: Nike

Editor’s Notes: Jordan Brand’s consistent output of original and retro Nike Air Jordan 1s has continued into 2019, with the latest colorway being the “Hyper Pink” version. The shoe follows the “Bred” color-blocking pattern, switching red for pink, and adding pebbled black leather for an elevated feel.

This Wild Nike SB “Walk the Dog” Dunk Has a Dog Poop Sole

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Brand: Nike SB

Model: Dunk High “Walk the Dog”

Key Features: This SB Dunk High has a collage of dog fur patterns on the upper with green suede overlays to mimic grass. The red Swoosh recalls leash material, while a dog bone hangtag is engraved with the name “Sparky.” The translucent outsole has a touch of brown, representing that nightmare moment when you step in dog poop, while the dogs of Nike employees are featured as an all-over graphic on the sock liner.

Release Date: April 20

Price: $110

Buy: Nike

Editor’s Notes: Nike SB is releasing a very special Dunk High on 420. Inspired by man’s best friend, the sneaker is jam-packed with fun dog details, the most entertaining being the brown mark on the outsole to symbolize stepping on dog poop.

With SB Dunks celebrating a mini-comeback after the model’s heyday in the ’00s, this 420 drop is shaping up to be a popular general release among some recent high-profile collabs.

Of course, the sneaker’s release date of 4/20 also doubles as “Weed Day.” While the above description of the colorway’s inspirations are no doubt accurate, some of the details also double as weed references. The green “grass” suede is reminiscent of 2010’s “Skunk” Dunk Highs. The dog tag with “Sparky” on it could be an allusion to “sparking” up. Also the phrase “walking the dog” is slang for being somewhere or doing something you’re not exactly supposed to be doing, such as smoking weed.