Designer Dictionary: Giorgio Armani

Acclaimed in 2001 as Italy’s most successful designer, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion), Giorgio Armani is known for his laid-back style of Southern European tailoring. His designs are graced by Hollywood’s finest red carpet-goers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. 

Since starting the global brand in 1973, Giorgio Armani has expanded the business and now has owns serveral labels such as Giorgio Armani UnderwearArmani Jeans and Emporio Armani. Although reaching fame by his menswear after creating the costumes for American Gigolo, starring Richard Gere, his women’s ready-to-wear collections features feminine, delicate and casual tailoring. Giorgio Armani was also the first in the world to broadcast a Haute Couture show live via in Internet in 2007, showcasing the Armani Privé S/S07 Haute Couture Collection via MSN. 

The innovative Mr. Armani has had a long, successful and legendary career in fashion design. Learn more about the man behind the label below…

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Name: Giorgio Armani

Date of Birth: 11th July 1934

Star Sign: Cancer

Country of Birth: Italy

Education: University of Piacenza, Department of Medicine (dropped out after 3 years)

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Label(s): Giorgio Armani S.p.A., G.A. Le Collezioni, Giorgio Armani Underwear and Swimwear, Giorgio Armani Accessories, Armani Junior, Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange, Armani Privé, Armani Casa, Armani Dolci, Armani Caffé, Armani Fiori, Armani Hotels, Armani Restorante

Famous Work: men’s tailoring, womenswear and haute couture

Famous Associates: Sergio Galeotti, Richard Gere, Don Johnson, Jodie Foster, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga

Did You Know? At a young age, Armani made dolls out of mud with a coffee bean hidden inside after developing an interest in human anatomy. He studied medicine at the Univeristy of Piaccenza for a couple of years, before completing military service. He then went onto start his fashion career at a department store in Milan as a window-dresser and general assistant before becoming a salesman there. 

In 1996, Armani received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to bribing Italian tax officials.

Armani also designs for many sports teams. He has created EA7 uniforms for the Italian Olympic team for London 2012 as well as Rio De Janeiro 2016. He is also credited for creating suits for London’s Chelsea Football Club players. The football team’s stadium, Stamford Bridge, commissioned Armani to be the creative vision behind the Director’s Suite, named the ‘Armani Lounge’. 

Awards: CFDA International Award (1987), Inducted to the Walk of Style, Beverly Hills (2003), Promoted Officer of the Legion of Honour (2008)


‘the difference between style and fashion is quality’

‘Actually I am very glad people can buy Armani – even if it’s fake. I like the fact that I am so popular around the world. 

‘You can think you’ve made it and yet the next day’s press will always be waiting for you, the public will always ask more of you. In short, you can always do better!’

‘Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.’ 

‘I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.’

Matt Bomer wearing Giorgio Armani • Source: 📸

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Cristiano Ronaldo for Emporio Armani Underwear • Source: 📸

Sean O’Pry by Mert & Marcus for Armani FW09 • Source: 📸

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This bank holiday weekend I got to celebrate with my best friend on her birthday. We spent the day sipping champagne and made the most out of the rare British sunshine with a very British BBQ.

I was rummaging through my clothes, praying that I would find something to wear amongst the mass of no’s, when I came across this Manière De Voir dress that I of course completely forgot I owned. 

I adore the tie-up details on the side of the waist and legs, this dress is very figure-hugging too. The best thing is that you can dress this up with a pair of heels or dress it down with a pair of trainers. 

How did you spend your Bank Holiday Weekend?

Molicia xo

#WiseWordsWednesday: Dreams Really Do Come True


That little girl you were had dreams that were larger than life and those dreams were possible because she believed in magic and miracles. 

Now that little girl isn’t so little anymore and she’s been told the visions she once had are ‘unrealistic’ and ‘impossible’. She sees herself as a failure sometimes and wishes she could make it happen. Guess what? She can. 

Today’s post is about encouraging you to find the little girl inside you again. What did she believe in? What did she be when she wanted to grow up? Why did she ever give up? 

Once you find her again, make it your mission to make her dreams come true in the way that Disney films do. Because whatever you do for her, you’re doing for you, too. 

Hedi Slimane Leaves Saint Laurent 

Anxiously anticipating confirmation that Hedi Slimane’s exit from Paris fashion house Saint Laurent was a cruel April Fool’s PR stunt left the joke on me. The rumours are true. his contract expired Thursday and it could not be negotiated to suit all parties. 

“What Yves Saint Laurent has achieved over the past four years represents a unique chapter in the history of the fashion house”, words spoken by the chairman of Kering, François-Henri Pinault. 

Since Slimane became the Creative Director of Yves Saint Laurent back in March 2012, the house has dramatically changed. Here’s just a few examples of how…

The name change:

Ditching the ‘Yves’ in the Saint Laurent name caused press and public outrage. Heavy criticism and multiple items of clothing were marketed as ‘Ain’t Laurant Without Yves’. 



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The stores:

Slimane also changed the aesthetic of the stores: white marble, black slate and gold. An edgy but stylishly modern approach to compliment the Saint Laurent recreation. 


The girl:

The Hedi Slimane Saint Laurent girl wears biker jackets and jeans teamed with a thick black smokey eye and a bold red lip. Wearable with a rockstar edge. 
The figures:

In 2015, the house accumulated just over $1 billion in sales revenue and from 2012 to 2014, the Saint Laurent revenue increased 20% every year. Monsieur Slimane has been a huge success for the fashion house. 

Who do you want to replace Hedi Slimane?

Molicia xo

#WiseWordsWednesday: Limits

You know that evil little voice inside your mind that tells you that you’re not good enough? That attempts to deteriorate the confidence you made so much effort to build upon? The creature that prevents you from making choices that would otherwise make you happy?


The limitations you think you have are mostly illusions of your mind. Do not let the insecurity demons take away any opportunity for you; you can do it! And even if you fail… So what? You’ll either succeed or learn a lesson, there is nothing to lose. 

Molicia xo

Wise Words Wednesday’s: The Future


A lesson I have learnt recently is that when you’re reflecting on the past; all those changes whether they were failures or absolutely shocking changes get you to where you are today. 
Remember that job you went for and didn’t get or that huge devastating thing that happened? Aren’t you stronger now? 

It’s funny how everything works out in the end. And if you’re not there yet, you will be! 

Have faith and don’t let the downers of life make you feel low for too long. One day you may be thankful for them. 
Molicia xo

The Best Instagram Fashion Accounts 

Whenever some quick inspiration is needed, Instagram is the first place I go to. There are infinite numbers of accounts that offer inspo as well as affordable ways to get the look. I’ve put together a list of the best Instagram fashion accounts to follow. Here it is…




Model and blogger Micah Gianneli posts OOTD content daily. I love the fact that some days her look is casual and others she could be mistaken for someone attending a red carpet event. 

BONUS: She always tags the places she gets her clothes from in the photos! 



It’s great to scroll down your feed and see something unique and fun. As the name clearly states, it’s an account of models… Drawn very badly. 


Not just your average celebrity street style account. @thecurveyfashionista_ makes gorgeous edits and is always one of the first to post the latest trends. 


The official account of a UK online retailer that offers editorials that every street style blogger could be inspired by. For every girl’s darker side. 


Another online retailer that offers editorials that are vogue-worthy. This account is the complete opposite to the previous one on the list as the clothes are perfect for your girly side. 


This fashion account is like looking at a feed of your dream life. I’ve been a loyal follower for a couple of years and I am always inspired by @sydneyfashionblogger’s style and the quality of her photos. She’s the type of woman that makes you want to seriously up your game.



More famous for being a worldwide beauty vlogging phenomenon, Carli Bybel’s fashion account is due serious credit. Another person that tags the shops that sell the clothes she wears (yasssss), you can get the look. Everything she wears is also super affordable. 



‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star Lauren Pope is a serious style crush. She often posts photos of her outfits and again, they’re usually from places where the majority of us shop. 

For tonnes of selfies and a peak into my life, follow my Instagram: @mollsdickinson, I might even follow you back 😉

Molicia xo