Armani the company is having a pretty good year: it's dressing the Italian Olympics team and scored Megan Fox for its beauty ads and Rihanna in her underwear. Armani the man isn't doing too badly either. The Daily Mail captured him here hanging out with a mystery man on an island off Spain. It sort of isn't fair that he's 77 and still looks like that. Is it the olive oil? Whatever it is, it's working and we commend him for wearing a Speedo when he's just a few years shy of being an octogenarian. Happy summer!
Giorgio Armani Thinks About Succession Every Day, Says Editors Should Pay More Attention to Him
Armani is one of the only large, established fashion houses still controlled and designed by its founder and now that Giorgio is getting up there (he's almost 78)...well, that obviously won't be the case forever. He's clearly still going strong--pushing out collection after collection, expanding into new product categories, designing clothes for the Olympics, etc--and never really talks about who will succeed him. Still, he tells the Wall Street Journal, in a lengthy piece about that and the future of the Armani brand, that it's something he thinks about every day--"when I wake up in the morning and when I go to sleep at night." He also touches on his battle with hepatitis, his initial reluctance to strike a deal with LVMH (which he seems to now regret not doing), why editors shouldn't praise designers like Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada, what (and who) will take Armani into the future (there is no mention of Stefano Pilati, who has been rumored), and the possibility of starting a foundation. Read on for the most interesting bits: