11 July 2014 by

Happy 80th Birthday, Giorgio Armani! Here Are Your Greatest Moments (So Far)

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GALLERY >> Some of our favourite Armani moments

Quvenzhané Wallis as the face of Armani Junior - May 2014

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Cate Blanchett in Armani at the Academy Awards - March 2014

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Models backstage at the Emporio Armani show - September 2013

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Giorgio Armani and Sophia Loren at the 'One Night Only' event - June 2013

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'One Night Only' event hosted by Giorgio Armani in Rome - June 2013

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Models on the catwalk at the Giorgio Armani show - June 2012

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A glorious gown on the Armani Prive Spring Summer 2012 catwalk - January 2012

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Rihanna for Armani Jeans campaign - July 2011

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Giorgio Armani, Olivia Wilde and Roberta Armani at the Giorgio Armani Prive - January 2011

Megan Fox for Giorgio Armani Beauty - July 2011

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Gemma Arterton, Hugh Dancy, Claire Danes, Roberta Armani, Daphnee Guinness and Claudia Cardinale at the Giorgio Armani Prive show - July 2010

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Cristiano Ronaldo for Armani Jeans Spring Summer 2010 campaign

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Lady Gaga performing at the GRAMMYs - January 2010

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David Beckham for Emporio Armani Underwear campaign is revealed outside Selfridges - June 2009

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Emporio Armani's Spring/Summer 2009 show - September 2008

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Armani Prive Spring Summer 2006 show - January 2006

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Giorgio Armani prepares for his fashion show in Moscow - June 2002

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Giorgio Armani with Martin Scorsese at the "Gangs Of New York" screening during Cannes Film Festival - May 2002

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Giorgio Armani with his niece Roberta at Cannes film festival - May 2002

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Giorgio Armani at the Pavarotti and Friends concert - May 2002

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Giorgio Armani and Claudia Schiffer at the Armani Fashion retrospective - October 2000

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Giorgio Armani at Armani grand opening - September 1996

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Giorgio Armani on Saturday Night Live with Mick Jagger and Luke Perry - February 1993

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...and finally Giorgio Armani relaxing in a hammock at home. Put your feet up, mister!

Crack out the champers and sparkles: Giorgio Armani turns 80 years old today. Yes, EIGHTY! Originally a window dresser, the designer has built up one of the biggest fashion empires across the globe.

Of course, there’s his namesake mainline, but let's not forget (deep breath) Armani Exchange, Emporio Armani streetwear, underwear, a kidswear line, cosmetics as well as the breathtakingly chic and almost futuristic Armani Prive haute couture collections. There's also numerous franchise lines in department stores around the world, plus hotels, restaurants and even the Italian Olympic team uniform.

Armani had an upbringing he described as hard, growing up during the Second World War in small-town Italy near Milan. He and his siblings favourite escape route was the cinema, which fellow Italian, Valentino, also cites as his earliest inspiration. Several years studying medicine was followed by military service and then a time working in a department store. He became hooked on fashion, and went full-time, before earning his living as a freelance designer.

Giorgio Armani's 80th Birthday: Best Armani Moments

The Beckhams posed for Emporio Armani Underwear [Armani]

Together with friend and business partner, Sergio Galeotti he set up a menswear brand closely followed by womenswear. His designs were popular in the USA, following movie exposure, such as Richard Gere wearing Armani in American Gigolo. The 1980s were a time of brilliant growth for the company.

Since then, Armani have expanded into many other lines, from cosmetics and hotels to homewear and more. The brands have been worn on the red carpet by everyone from Kate Beckinsale and Lana Del Rey to Jodie Foster and Michelle Pfeiffer back in the day.

Lady Gaga has become part of the Armani family after the designer created her tour wardrobe for Born This Way in 2012 and who could forget the wacktacular costumes she showcased at the Grammys in 2010? More recently, Cate Blanchett has become the Number 1 A-list fan after being signed up as the face of the fragrance campaign. The actress scooped a gong at the Oscars, no less, wearing one of Armani's exquisite creations earlier this year.

Other faces of the brand have included Jamie Dornan, Megan Fox and Rihanna who collaborated on a collection of jeans - but perhaps most brilliantly, an oiled-up David and Victoria Beckham struck a pose in their pants.

So let's raise a glass to Mr Armani and toast the marvellous designer with a look back at some of our favourite Armani moments...


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"rrefurbishfashion.com" (Fri Jul 11 16:41:44 BST 2014): Happy birthday MASTER, The best is yet to come
Hipolito Pollantis (Fri Jul 11 16:43:20 BST 2014): happy birthday MAESTRO, ejemplo de arduo trabajo, exitosss por siempre