Giorgio Armani will be presented with the Outstanding Achievement accolade at the 2019 Fashion Awards later this year. The legendary designer will be honoured during a star-studded ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in December.
Armani will be recognised for “his outstanding contribution to the global fashion industry, his creativity and vision of timeless style and care for detail, that have provided such inspiration to so many in the industry,” reads a press release from the British Fashion Council (BFC).
As creative director of the Emporio and Giorgio Armani labels, as well as chairman and CEO of the Armani Group, the designer and businessman is directly involved in all strategic decisions within the company concerning style and design, and has overseen the growth of the label from a ready-to-wear brand to a luxury fashion empire over the past 40 years.
“Giorgio Armani is a legendary maestro, with a signature style that has defined Hollywood, as well as fashion,” says Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Justine Picardie. “Just think of the era-defining image of Richard Gere wearing Armani in American Gigolo – the embodiment of sensual fluidity – and you can understand how that subtle, sophisticated tailoring was as compelling for women as it was for men.
“Armani not only revolutionised what we think of as power-dressing, but also created a vision of alluringly understated elegance on the red carpet. Less is more with Mr Armani – yet his apparently effortless minimalism is based on decades of experience and masterful expertise in the fine art of fashion.”