A BEAU­TI­FUL LIFE

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Culture -

Gior­gio Ar­mani, a com­pre­hen­sive book that chron­i­cles the de­signer’s 40 years of rock­ing the fash­ion boat and in­tense stylish liv­ing, is part-photo al­bum, part-mem­oir. Fol­low­ing the Ital­ian de­signer, it de­tails his great­est hits, his pri­vate life, and his foray as a restau­ra­teur and hote­lier. From the suits worn by Richard Gere in Amer­i­can Gigolo in the ’80s to the in­tro­duc­tion of his cou­ture line Ar­mani Privé in 2005, no event, big or small, is left out. “We were poor and life was tough,” Ar­mani once told Harper’s BAZAAR of his hum­ble be­gin­nings. “The cinema in Mi­lan was a refuge – a palace of dreams – and the movie stars seemed so glam­orous. I fell in love with the ide­alised beauty of Hol­ly­wood stars.” These words by Ar­mani sit along­side iconic shots, dis­played in an evoca­tive man­ner that re­call stills from a clas­sic Ital­ian film. Never-be­fore-seen pho­tos are pre­sented like a sto­ry­board, nar­rat­ing the life of a pro­lific de­signer whose oeu­vre is for­ever in­ter­twined with Tin­sel­town.

Gior­gio Ar­mani Spring/ Sum­mer ’90 cam­paign shot by Jac­ques Oli­var

The 81-year- old de­signer’s epony­mous tome cel­e­brates his fash­ion­able mile­stones

Gior­gio Ar­mani por­trait by Bob Krieger

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