Known as King George, his understated look in a palette of soft blue, brown, black, gray, and greige seduced the world in the 1980’s, on the heels of Richard Gere’s iconic Armani clad gigolo. “Style without excessive design,” Vogue’s editor-in-chief, Grace Mirabella, called it in 1981. In 1994, Vogue named four great classics of women’s fashion: the Chanel suit, the Hermès Kelly bag, the Manolo Blahnik pump, and the Armani jacket.
The young Armani descended upon Hollywood, inventing red carpet styling with his chosen few: Jodie Foster, Michelle Pfeiffer and Julia Roberts. His flawless design became synonymous with confidence, both in the NYC boardroom and at the Oscars. In the words of cinema icon and close friend Sophia Loren, “Entering into Armani’s world is like landing into the peaceful eye of a typhoon, into the perfect calm, into a style that cannot be shaken by the winds of sensationalism. An Armani dress doesn’t give you doubt or uncertainty. It’s an Armani and that’s all you need.”