Yesterday, we received an announcement that today has been deemed "Giorgio Armani Day" by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, "for his longstanding relationship with the city of New York, for supporting the fund for public schools and contributing to the economy of the city of New York alongside the great influence made by Giorgio Armani on the international fashion industry," according to a release.
The timing is pretty perfect, because Mr. Armani has a lot going on in New York right now.
For one weekend only, you'll be able to see an Armani collection without making the trip to Paris or Milan. Today, Giorgio Armani will show his most recent Armani Privé collection, Nude, in New York. He'll follow that up with a retrospective exhibition at Superpier at Hudson River Park called "Eccentrico," which showcases his work from 1985 to the present.
In advance of the Nude show and unveiling of "Eccentrico," Armani gave us these two exclusive images from his 2008 and 2011 Privé collections, as well as some musings on how his work has evolved.
“I wanted to prove that there is--and always has been--much more to the Armani style than sobriety. I think that a taste for eccentricity has always gone hand in hand with a sense of rigor in my work," he said. "For me, eccentricity is an idea that gives new meaning to normality; a way of presenting oneself and interpreting clothes. In this, it is not antithetical to linearity. I would describe it as a mixture of precision, opulence and spontaneity, with lightness as its true essence.”
Whatever you say, Mr. Armani. And we're looking forward to seeing this precision and opulence up close later today.