This discussion really begs the question about why we consider Giorgio Armani to be a fashion designer. Â What does he actually design? Â Is he just a businessman capitalizing on his name? Â Is he actually involved in the design process of the Classico line, or does he just merely sign it off to be produced? Â I once heard that he participated in designs for the Emporio line, although I am sure this is probably not true?
As per my original post above, the VP for Asia-Pacific made it clear that Giorgio Armani has absolutely no stylistic design input in his suit range. Giorgio Armani ONLY designs and styles the haute couture collections for women. He has a team of in-house ateliers who put together the designs for the labels Classico and Black, and this are licensed off to manufacturers like Zegna and Vestimenta. Do u really think he would waste his time designing ties and shirts when he has to run a multi-national conglomerate?As to the cut and quality of the suits I beg to differ - the Black Label is merely good and certainly not excellent or exceptional, and way over-priced. My only Classico suit is similar in structure and quality but far more old-school in style (even post 60-year-old Boardroom directors can wear these) but for me too old-fashioned like much of Kiton and Brioni in style (and I own both). Of the big 4 fashion forward designer houses (and I have owned lots by all 4 over the last decade) - Armani, Versace, Prada and Gucci - I would rate Versace as the best quality all round for menswear like suits, shirts, shoes and pants (their V2 Classic range is far superior in quality and finish to Collezione). Armani would be a long 2nd, followed by Gucci and Prada (close together but a long way from Versace and even Armani in quality). IMO Versace also has the best range and best seperated diffusion lines (Armani's look too similar, must be all that beige and cream, and this season's white.). Prada will forever remain a mystery to me - shocking quality for the price but very trendy at the moment. Fashion writers (mostly female) love the brand because its actually something they can wear (what over 40-year-old fasion writer is gonna fit into or wera D&G, Versacde or Gaultier?). A generalisation yes, but I have had this admitted to me on more than one occasion - having been to Australian Fashion Week for the last 3 years.