Giorgio Armani still has appetite for fashion game at 81

At launch of memoir about his decades in fashion, legendary designer says he's staying his own man

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 October, 2015, 11:51am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 October, 2015, 11:51am

Designer Giorgio Armani used the launch of book celebrating his 40 years at the top of Italian fashion to underline he had no plans to sell his fashion empire.  

“While I am alive, there will be independence,” the 81-year-old said  after the presentation of the spring/summer 2016 Armani collection during Milan Fashion Week. Those words could also have summed up the mood in Milan, where the catwalk shows epitomised  independent thought and creativity.

The book, called simply Giorgio Armani, is a lavishly illustrated memoir of his life and work - and, among other things, underscores how the jacket is the rock around which the designer’s collections have been built.