Milan Fashion Week is currently underway and one of the Fashion Industry’s icons, Giorgio Armani, entranced us with flowing neutrals and animal prints. Safari Elegance is the best way that I am able to describe the pieces presented on September 20th for the Spring/Summer 2015 Ready to Wear collection.

Armani SS15

Giorgio Armani, born July 11, 1934, is particularly noted for his menswear collection. Known for his clean lines and beautiful tailoring, he opened Giorgio Armani S.p.A., on July 24, 1975 presenting his first Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear Collections in October of the same year. Throughout the years Giorgio Armani has proved to be not only a man of fashion, but also, a man of business.

The fashion designer also proved formidable in the marketing of his various brands. The 1980s were a period of great growth for the corporation as he had introduced several new lines, which included G.A. Le Collezioni, Giorgio Armani Accessories, Giorgio Armani Swimwear and Underwear as well as Armani Junior, and the Emporio Armani collections. He also partnered with L’Oréal to produce an extension of his fragrances.

American Gigolo

He was also one of the first designers to exploit the power of Hollywood. He began his newfound relationship with the film American Gigolo (1980) by designing Richard Gere’s wardrobe and continued this relationship by designing and styling various other films. Batman (1989), Pulp Fiction (1994), True Lies (also 1994), Father of the Bride II (1995), as well as the television series Miami Vice (which aired from 1984-1990) are just a handful of titles from his impressive resume.

Giorgio Armani w/ ModelsIn 2006 Armani was also one the first designers to ban models on the runway with a body mass index (BMI) of under 18. This was in response to the news that model Ana Carolina Reston starved herself to death due to anorexia nervosa. The Italian designer stated, “We all need to work together against anorexia.”

Giorgio Armani’s ready-to-wear collections presented at the Milan Fashion Week continued with this initiative. Albeit, the models were thin, they did not appear to be skeletal. “I have never liked thin girls and I have never made them go on the catwalk.”

At 80, Giorgio Armani has proven to be a man of many talents. Business, marketing, men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, fragrances, you name it! His pieces are worn by models, celebrities, fashionistas, business men and women alike. His designs have inspired countless designers and fashion houses. He is a jack of all trades and a man who has forever left his mark on fashion.