Musings on the culture of keeping up appearances

All the Rage

Category: Giorgio Armani

Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani's geometric prints charming

Armani1

The runways of Milan have been full of prints this week, from subtle, almost shadow-like (at Bottega Veneta and Etro) to beyond bold (D&G's foulard fest and Versace's swagger summit among them), but Giorgio Armani somehow managed to cover the range, with a menswear collection that focused on geometric prints that were just eye-catching enough to make the Armani man stand out, but not enough to get him singled out.

Armanimain2

That meant a collection of zigzags, checks and stripes ranging from blue microcheck button-front shirts to exploded hound's-tooth trousers. Black chevrons danced down white neckties, ombré  sweaters faded from black and gray checkerboards at the chest to dusky blue at the waist, and several different trompe l'oeil woven patterns appeared on sweaters, shirts and jackets.

Armanimain4

The boldest of the designs was a brightly contrasting black-and-white horizontal zigzag pattern that covered jackets, shirts and trousers -- but luckily not all on the same model. (Some patterns actually did play well together -- like one look that paired an exploded hound's-tooth check pair of pants with a zigzag shirt in the same white and dusty brown color combination.)

The color palette was grounded in black, white and gray, accented by a grab-bag of blue hues, and a few variations of brown, and the big story, silhouette-wise, were darted trousers that were nipped in at the waist and were cut generously through mid-leg, creating a billowy affect that stopped just the appropriate side of the drop-crotch trou popularized by M.C. Hammer. Jackets felt light and unconstructed -- which is no small feat when a fair number of them had the extra material that comes with a double-breasted jacket.

Armanimain3

Espadrilles have been a popular shoe on this season's runway, and Armani offered up his versions as well -- pairing the casual woven rope sole with luxurious material uppers including velvet, crocodile skin and suede, the standout pair being Armani's juxtaposition of a brogue upper to the espadrille sole. 

It's hardly a marriage that seems suitable, but as the high priest of menswear Armani has the skill to not only get an "I do" out of such pairings, but to know they'll live happily ever after.

-- Adam Tschorn, reporting from Milan

RELATED:

Black Mamba meets Armani in Turkish Airlines ads

Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani steps into the boudoir

Lightness reigns at Milan spring-summer 2011 menswear runways

Photos: Looks from the Giorgio Armani spring / summer 2012 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Top and bottom, Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images. Middle. Giuseppe Cacace / AFP / Getty Images.

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Lady Gaga wears Versace. Charlene Wittstock talks fashion. Heidi Klum shines.

Acharlene There's another royal wedding coming up this summer when Monaco's Prince Albert marries former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock on July 1. Wittstock is more open about talking fashion than Kate Middleton was before her. For instance, we already know that her wedding gown was designed by Giorgio Armani. whereas Middleton's dress designer was top secret until the big day. She also admits to some qualms about dressing the part of a princess. “Finding my fashion feet has certainly been the biggest challenge,” she says. Luckily she's had help, from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Michael Kors and is considering starting a Monaco Fashion Week. [Vogue] 

Lady Gaga is attempting to wear only Versace for the next two months, and she got off to a good start in her just-released music video "The Edge of Glory," clad in vintage Versace. [Telegraph]

Man to watch: James Middleton, younger brother of Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Pippa Middleton, who is being noted for his sense of style. It's not so much what he wears as how he wears it. [WWD]

Heidi Klum's first fragrance, Shine, is scheduled to hit department stores this September. It's described as an oriental scent made of pink peppercorn, pear and mandarin top notes; a mimosa absolute, sunflower, and lily of the valley heart; and musk cosmone, vanilla and Venezuelan tonka bean drydown. [StyleList]

In the late 1970s, famed British photographer Brian Duffy burned bundles of negatives of his work from the previous decades. But not all were destroyed and after months of searching, enough have been found in various places for a new book, "Duffy," and an exhibition of his work at London's Idea Generation Gallery. [Telegraph]   

Indie brands are making Made in America the latest buzz in fashion. [WWD] (Subscription required.) 

Milan men's fashion week is in full swing, and we've got our stylish boots on the ground. For up-to-the-minute coverage follow Adam Tschorn's reports on All the Rage.

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Prince Albert of Monaco with fiancee Charlene Wittstock, who is finding her fashion feet with the help of some top designers. Credit: Associated Press

RELATED:

New year, new trends 

Buying clothes made locally

Marilyn Monroe's subway dress sells for $4.6 million at auction

Your Morning Fashion and Beauty Report: Why Princess Beatrice wore that hat to the royal wedding.

Before Kate Middleton's walk down the aisle in her gorgeous Sarah Burton gown, the house of Alexander McQueen had made a handful of other wedding dresses. Among the brides dressed in McQueen were Vogue contributing editor Plum Sykes; stylist Katy England; public relations gal Amie Witton; Kate Winslet; Liv Tyler and Sarah Parker Bowles (daughter of Camilla.) And the late McQueen also dressed Burton, then his assistant, for her wedding in 2004. [Vogue]

Aprincess Perhaps the most talked about fashion oddity at the royal wedding was the fascinator worn by Princess Beatrice of York (at right in photo), daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson. The hat looked like antlers stuck to her forehead, as one of my friends described it. But don't blame the princess, says hatmaker-to-the-royals Philip Treacy. Neither she nor her sister Princess Eugenie told him what they wanted. "They trusted me to make them. Gorgeous and beautiful can be open to interpretation. ... I thought they looked gorgeous and beautiful," he said. [Hollywood Life]

Some celebs really do have what it takes to succeed in the fragrance world. Halle Berry and Fergie will both be honored at the Fragrance Foundation's annual awards ceremony, scheduled May 25 in New York. Berry is to receive the Fragrance Celebrity of the Year award for her success in building her brand, which launched in 2009. Fergie will receive the New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year Award, in recognition of her debut scent, Outspoken. Meanwhile, John Paul Gaultier is slated to receive the group's 2011 FiFi Hall of Fame Award. [WWD] 

Natural skin care line California Baby -- which makes products for babies and moms --  has opened a shop/showroom in Culver City. It's open by appointment, and you can call (310) 815-8201 to make one. [Mondette]

Speaking of skin care, French sunscreen maker LaRoche-Posay has a free iPhone app called My UV Check, which uses location-based services to help you assess the strength of UVA and UVB rays -- the ones that cause skin to age and burn -- wherever you are. [BellaSugar]

You've heard that the devil wears Prada? Monsignor Domenico Mogavero, the bishop of Mazara del Vallo in Sicily, wore Armani for the inauguration of a new church on the tiny Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. Giorgio Armani has had a vacation home on the island for 40 years. The designer decorated the bishop's pale green robe with embroidered symbols of the island, including starfish and shells. [Telegraph]

Tommy Hilfiger's beach-cottage pop-up shop opened in New York, the first stop on a tour that will take it to Los Angeles, London, Madrid and Milan.  [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Hilfiger, by the way, received Philadelphia University's 2011 Spirit of Design Award over the weekend. The award was presented by reality TV's Carson Kressley. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Lanvin plans to roll out a children's line in June. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

Jos. A. Bank -- the menswear chain notable -- in my mind, at least, -- because both Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and my spousal unit wear its suits -- is going global. The Maryland-based company is opening its website to international sales. [WWD] (Subscription required.)

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Princess Eugenie of York, left, and Princess Beatrice of York at the wedding of their cousin, Prince William, to Kate Middleton. Credit: EPA

Black Mamba meets Armani in Turkish Airlines ads

KOBE_ARMANI_TA
On several occasions I've noticed that Kobe Bryant looks pretty sharp in the suit, tie and pocket square ensemble he's sporting in the print ads that are part of the current Turkish Airlines advertising campaign (and, leaving last night's Lakers-Dallas game, I noticed a several-stories-tall version gracing one of the tall walls near Staples Center).

While working on an upcoming story about NBA players' style, I had the opportunity to chat with Paige Geran, the stylist who has worked with Bryant for the last year and a half, and was surprised to find out that the suit actually came from Bryant's personal wardrobe (which isn't usually the case for commercial shoots of this nature).

"It's a Giorgio Armani suit," Geran told me. "Right down to the tie and pocket square. We'd put the whole outfit together and it just happened that it worked for this shoot."

Although Geran couldn't remember all the details of the suit, the folks at Giorgio Armani said the handmade-to-measure (fato a mano in Italian) outfit included a two-button, peak lapel black wool crepe suit, and a burgundy made-to-measure necktie.

And, it goes without saying, a huge dose of Kobe Bryant cool.


-- Adam Tschorn

Photo: Kobe Bryant in one of his own handmade-to-measure Giorgio Armani suits for a Turkish Airlines advertising campaign. Credit: Turkish Airlines.

Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani steps into the boudoir

Armani1

It was another great collection from Giorgio Armani. He was inspired by "the boudoir," a theme that played well with his soft tailoring skills.

The new trousers for fall were cropped, cuffed and slightly flared (to show off a great pair of heels or lace booties). In pale pink satin, worn with a plush gray bed jacket, they purred sex kitten.

Armanimain1

But in fluid black silk with a new, longer-length blazer, or black velvet worn with a silvery beaded jacket for evening, the trousers were classically elegant.

Armanimain2

Lantern skirts on their own were a bit silly, especially one that looked like fur. But as the bottom of a strapless dress covered in pale pink rosettes, the lantern shape not only worked, it made the model look like she was gliding down the runway.

Armanimain3

Still, my favorite dress was one of the simplest. Long sleeved, and buttoned at the side, it was worn over pants. Everyone is showing that this season. But don't hold that against it. The fabric was unforgettable -- an iridescent gray silk chiffon that shined like a pearl.

Armanimain4

Armani even had a moment making fun of himself, sending out a tunic emblazoned with his own vanity shot. 

-- Booth Moore in Milan, Italy

PHOTOS: Giorgio Armani fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

Photos: Some of the looks from the Giorgio Armani fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For the Los Angeles Times

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal star in new Armani ads

Megan Fox and Rafael Nadal are smokin' hot in new Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans ads. They'll start showing up on billboards and such next month. [WWD]

Diesel's new "Diesel Island" advertising campaign will also launch in February. It will feature a mythical island populated by Diesel models and fans, brought to life via online games, viral videos and a Facebook application where consumers can interact with the island and its imaginary population. There will also be a fake Wikipedia entry that will be updated weekly as the island grows. “Think ‘Lost’ but with nicer clothes," says Riccardo Bellini, Diesel’s global vice president of branding and marketing. [WWD]

Afirth We've written about all the green (as in emerald green) gowns on the Golden Globes red carpet Sunday, but Colin Firth's wife Livia Giuggioli, shown here at an after-party, wore a different kind of green -- the eco-chic kind. Her silvery gray dress was made from hand-dyed indigo "peace" silk, also known as "vegan" silk, designed by Jeff Garner. [Telegraph]

Star stylist Rachel Zoe starts a new column on StyleList with some of her greatest shoe picks for the start of this year. [StyleList]

"Project Runway's" very busy Tim Gunn is writing another book and has added Weight Watchers Fashion Consultant to his resume. He talks about why he loves the red carpet, hates jeggings and called Anna Wintour out in his last tome.  [StyleList] 

Alexander Wang has his first-ever print ad appearing in March's Interview magazine. But the designer prefers to call it an "image piece." [WWD]

--Susan Denley 

Photo: Livia Giuggioli and Colin Firth after Sunday's Golden Globes. Credit: David McNew / AFP/Getty Images

Your morning fashion and beauty report: Prince William and Kate Middleton dressed up, then down in official engagement photos

Awilliamkate
Weddings and engagements were much in the news over the weekend, and of course we were most interested in what people were wearing! 

-- Britain's Prince William and fiance Kate Middleton dressed up, then down in official engagement photos, shot by fashion photographer Mario Testino in a two-hour session and released over the weekend. For the formal photo (right), Prince William wore a Turnbull & Asser suit, and Kate was in a white Reiss dress and Links earrings. For a more casual shot (left), William wore a Turnbull & Asser shirt and Brunello Cucinelli sweater, with Kate opting for a blouse by Whistles. Kate did her own make-up for the shoot, and looked glowing, of course! [People]

-- After four years and two children together, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden married Saturday at the Los Angeles home of her dad, Lionel Richie. Nicole wore a wedding gown by Marchesa and a 4-carat engagement ring by Neil Lane. The wedding was attended by about 130 guests -- and one elephant.[People]

-- Actress Joanna Garcia wed New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher in Palm Beach, also on Saturday. The bride wore an ivory, strapless, drop-waist ball gown and veil by Monique Lhuillier, and the groom wore a tux by Burberry London. [People]

-- And designer and former model Lauren Bush (granddaughter of President George H. W. Bush) got engaged to David Lauren (son of Ralph). [New York Post]

In other news:

-- Spanish tennis champion Rafael Nadal will be the new face and body of Giorgio Armani underwear and Armani Jeans' spring/summer 2011 collection. He follows in the footsteps of soccer greats David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. [Telegraph]

-- The Financial Times named the women it considers to have been the most influential over the last decade, and several fashionistas made the grade, including Anna Wintour, Kate Moss, Phoebe Philo and Michelle Obama. (OK, maybe the first lady made it for reasons other than fashion.) [Vogue UK]

-- Two companies, VF Corp. and Kellwood Co., are eyeing the bankrupt Rock & Republic. [WWD] (subscription required) 

-- Nicholas Brooks has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and second-degree strangulation in the death of his girlfriend, swimsuit designer Sylvie Chachay, which we told you about on Friday in the morning report here at All the Rage. [NYT]

-- British brand Nicole Farhi will show in Milan in January and has a new head of menswear, Massimo Nicosia. [WWD]

-- Susan Denley

Photo: Prince William and Kate Middleton in their official engagement photos. Credit: Mario Testino

 

Frugal Fashion men's edition: Andrew Garfield looking sharp in a suit

La8rvjncFrugal Fashion thought it was time to show some love to the stylish men of L.A. and focus on quintessential menswear: the suit. A man’s suit is a classic uniform of the best kind with ample room for self expression. It’s synonymous with a women’s little black dress and just as diverse with designers like Armani, Gucci and Versace unveiling all sorts of patterns, cuts and colors each season.  

I’m the first to admit that I’m no expert on menswear; that’s definitely more Adam Tschorn’s forte, but I can say with confidence that I know when a man looks good. From a woman’s point of view, a man looks his best and sexiest in a well-tailored suit.

Right now, the trend in men’s suits is to shave off the excess material and go slim –- real slim. From a men’s tie to his jacket and down to his slacks, the boys are sucking it in as things get narrow.

Actor Andrew Garfield looked sharp in a slim black suit, crisp white shirt and super-skinny black tie at the "Never Let Me Go" premiere during the London Film Festival. "The Social Network" star took a classic black suit with a modern fit and a sleek tie to match.

Suit It doesn't take a lot to look good in a suit; The suit kind of does all the work, but it could cost a ridiculous amount of money. A plain black wool suit from Gucci can cost around $1,490. That's just the suit. If you add a shirt and tie the total starts to creep toward $2,000. A suit is supposed to be a good investment and something worth spending some money on, but there's no reason to miss your rent payment. 

Zara has an entire line of men's suit separates at reasonable prices. Our pick is the Shiny Checked Blazer for $189 and the Shiny Checked Trousers for $89. Both the jacket and pants are made of 100% wool and just as chic as the designer version.

Shirttie With these prices you can afford to complete the look with the Zara "Peter Pan"-collar white shirt for $59.90 and "Narrow, Plain Tie" in black for $39.90.

The grand total for the suit, shirt and tie is $377.80 before taxes. Wear this sharp suit ensemble to any party, any time of the year.

 Happy shopping. And for more on looking good, watch for the Image section's Men's Grooming Guide, coming in Sunday's Los Angeles Times.

Have an outfit you're dying to buy, but need a frugal alternative? E-mail us a picture. We're up for the challenge.

-- Jenn Harris

[email protected]

Photos, from top: Andrew Garfield at the London Film Festival (credit: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images); Shiny Checked blazer and trousers from Zara (credit: Zara); "Peter Pan"-collar shirt and "Narrow, Plain Tie" from Zara (credit: Zara).

 

 

Gucci, Armani Exchange debut stylish 3D glasses

  Rage_3d

3-D never looked so good. Gucci and Armani, two of the biggest names in Italian fashion, have announced plans to sell branded 3-D glasses for use while viewing movies and television in the increasingly common 3-D format.

Both unisex versions are based on the classic '80s aviator silhouette, are produced under license by Safilo Group, use the same technology in their lenses, and look pretty similar.

True, if you look close enough, there are subtle details; Gucci's version bears its familiar green and red web stripe detail at the temples and center brow bar, and a "Gucci 3D" logo on the right lens. The Armani Exchange-branded version (which the company describes as an updated navigator silhouette) has "AX 3D" printed on the upper left lens and "Armani Exchange 3D" printed on the left temple. 

The biggest difference seems to be the price tag -- Gucci's pair, which will be available exclusively at the brand's U.S. boutiques in December, sells for $225, while the Armani Exchange spectacles, also available in December, will retail at Armani Exchange stores and online at armaniexchange.com for just $58.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Luxury labels now offering stylish 3-D eyewear include Armani Exchange (left, Credit: Armani Exchange) and Gucci (right, Credit: Gucci.)

Your morning fashion and beauty report: What do Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga have in common? (Hint: They both rock!)

Obama
Lady

We are pleased that two of our fashion icons are on Forbes'  list of the 100 most powerful women. And how different in style, looks, spheres of influence, talents and so on  can you be than Michelle Obama and Lady Gaga? Go girl power! [LAT]

Steve Madden has upped his investment in Betsey Johnson and now owns the company. [The Cut]

I keep thinking that Diane von Furstenberg is popping up everywhere lately. Now she's just signed a deal for a new beauty line. [WWD]  (Subscription required.) 

Here's another cool costume idea for Halloween (yes, it's just a couple of weeks away and we're tossing out ideas here at All the Rage when we find good ones). Take your inspiration from "Sex and the City 2" and go Abu Dhabi style, with a turban, big gold jewelry, maybe a belly dancer outfit. [FabSugar]

Valerie Plame wore -- what else? -- Giorgio Armani at the Giorgio Armani and Cinema Society-sponsored opening of the film "Fair Game." In the film, Naomi Watts plays the former CIA agent. Sean Penn plays her husband Joseph Wilson. [WWD]

Tamara Mellon plans to launch a Jimmy Choo fragrance line. For some reason, that just seems odd to me. [Elle UK]

-- Susan Denley

Photos: Top, Michelle Obama with the world's most powerful man. Credit: Pascal le Segretain / Getty Images.  Bottom, Lady Gaga performs. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images


Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video



Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.





Archives
 

Categories