Giorgio Armani and cinema is a match made in fashion heaven as far as we’re concerned (remember Richard Gere in his beautifully cut suits in American Gigolo?) so the news that the Maestro of chic designed some of Naomi Watt’s looks for her latest film, Fair Game, got us molto excited!
The film, in cinemas now, is directed by Doug Liman and based on the true story of the outed former covert CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson (Naomi Watts) and her husband, Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson (Sean Penn) and sees Naomi looking pretty stunning in some classic Armani skirt suits as well as a trouser and skirt suit that echoes the real life Armani wardrobe of Valerie Plame Wilson.
In fact, Plame Wilson not only wore Armani a lot as the events depicted in the movie were unfolding, she also opted for the Italian label when called to testify before Congress. ‘Giorgio Armani’s clothes are modern and feminine, always making me look my best and confident’, she notes, ‘This became even more important when I found myself, reluctantly, placed in the public eye.’ The power of a Giorgio Armani jacket, you wonder? ‘The first time I really spoke in public was at the Congressional hearing’, she continues, ‘I treated myself to an Armani jacket then, as it made me feel as confident as I possibly could.’
So, what attracted Mr Armani to collaborate with Costume Designer Cindy Evans on the project? ‘When I saw the photo of Valerie courageously testifying before Congress, I wanted to play a part in this project. To me, that exemplified a power suit moment.’ Let’s face it, if there’s one person on the planet that knows a thing or two about power suits, it’s Giorgio! ‘After meeting Naomi and Valerie in Cannes last year when the film was in competition, I was proud to be associated with and dressing these strong and stunning women.’
The designer has, of course, dressed Naomi for various events, most recently the New York screening of the film and let’s not forget the two gorgeous Armani Privé dresses she wore in Cannes last summer for the premiere of Fair Game and amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS Benefit Gala.
Bravo, Mr Armani!
-- Kiki Georgiou