Giorgio Armani: No Successor ‘On the Horizon’

MILAN — As a young man, Giorgio Armani saw a shirt —  in a gingham print — in a movie that caught his fancy. He went hunting for it in several shops, and could not find it. Sales clerks asked him incredulously: “But checks are for tablecloths in trattorias. Why would you want to look like a tablecloth?”
It was at that moment that Armani realized he could do something in fashion.
The designer recounted that story at a press conference Monday to introduce his Rizzoli tome, “Giorgio Armani,” released as part of his 40th anniversary festivities. With Sophia Loren, Lapo Elkann, Robert Wilson and the international press before him, Armani was asked if, given his age of 81, he had identified the designer who would succeed him.
The designer replied that his “ego forced him to say there will never be anyone else like Giorgio Armani,” prompting a round of applause and a few cheers from the audience. Then he added that he did not see anyone in particular “on the horizon,” while acknowledging that “there is a movement [of designers] that have the will to be avant-garde.”
Asked if he considered himself a revolutionary in fashion, Armani enumerated three of his inventions

Follow WWD on Twitter or become a fan on Facebook.

Read More…