Contrary to his youthful appearance, 78 year-old Giorgio Armani is getting older and as one of the only fashion designers still in control of his empire, it's not surprising that speculation about his next move abound.
Last month reports about Stefano Pilati moving to the brand with the intention to assume full creative reigns when the man himself retires adding impetus to the ever present interest. Naturally, then, succession was the main topic of discussion in his recent feature in the Wall Street Journal.
In the interview he reveals that the future of the company is something that he thinks about 'when I wake up in the morning and when I go to sleep at night.' He also discusses why creating wearable designs are important to him, what he has planned for the future of Armani and his near death experience.
Back in May, Giorgio Armani was diagnosed with hepatitis which he had contracted through poisoning. 'King Giorgio', as he is often referred to in the Italian press, said that the fashion house would continue to operate as usual, with him at the helm. In June, he unveiled his Spring 2010 collection, which received rave reviews, but has since confirmed that he will be taking a slight step back in the running of the label.
He admitted that "the illness made me understand that you can't joke with your life. For years, I ignored myself completely until I received this blow, which hapened for a reason. I realized I had to be more careful." With a business portoflio boasting difusion lines, hotels and spas worldwide, he will still be overseeing the brand as a whole, so expect more classic, elegant and show-stopping designs from the Armani camp.
I tried to avoid inflicting negative thoughts upon myself, like compiling a will. Obviously I did one long ago, and maybe it was time to revise it, but I didn’t because my days were centered on taking medicine, resting, being nursed or waiting for my sister to come by with a pudding