>> Armani tells gay men, ‘Don’t dress homosexual’ : Legendary fashion designer Giorgio Armani shares his views on gay men, ageing women and spending too much time in the gym
Interviewé dans l’édition du 19 avril 2015 du Sunday Time Magazine, Giorgio Armani, qui n’a jamais confirmé ni infirmé les rumeurs sur son homosexualité intime aux gays de ne plus s’habiller en «homo» ! Une définition plus précise d’une tenue homosexuelle ?
Après Domenico Dolce et Stefano Gabbana sur les fécondations in vitro en mars dernier dans le magazine italien Panorama, c’est donc au tour du célèbre créateur de 80 ans de faire polémique : «L’homosexualité qui est étalée de manière extrême, où tout crie “vous savez, je suis homo”, ça n’a rien à voir avec moi. Un homme doit être un homme.»
«Je n’aime pas non plus les hommes aux musculatures trop imposantes… J’aime les gens en bonne santé, solides, qui prennent soin de leur corps, mais sans que ce soit particulièrement visible”.
>> One of the world’s most famous fashion designers has appeared to condemn gay men for dressing “homosexual”.
Giorgio Armani, who has never denied that he is gay, said “a man has to be a man”.
The outspoken 80-year-old also criticised men who work out too much, saying he does not like muscle.
“A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual,” Armani said.
“When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme – to say, ‘Ah, you know I’m homosexual,’ – that has nothing to do with me. A man has to be a man.”
Elsa Pataky, Cate Blanchett, Giorgio Armani and Megan Fox at an Armani show in Paris in 2009 (Rex)
Armani’s fashions have dominated the catwalk for the last four decades, affording him the opportunity to dress the world’s most famous stars – from George Clooney and David Beckham to Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman .
The Italian, who is understood to have earned a £5bn personal fortune, also branded cosmetic surgery “idiocy”.
“A small breast does not have to become big,” he told The Sunday Times Magazine.
“I prefer to look at a natural woman. A woman should be courageous to become older, not be desperate to look younger than her age.
“With time, a woman’s body is better. As a woman goes to work, has babies, she is strong. She has character. Look at Cate Blanchett.”
As for men, he added: “I don’t like muscle boy. Not too much gym. I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.”
Unafraid to criticise his contemporaries, Armani described Miuccia Prada’s designs as “snob fashion”.
He also recalled a time when his rival Gianni Versace, known for his flamboyant and sexy designs, told him: “I dress sluts. You dress church ladies.”
Armani’s comments come a month after his fellow designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana caused controversy when they criticised same-sex families.
The acclaimed designers evoked fury from a string of A-list celebrities, including Elton John, when they said in an interview that they opposed gay adoptions and that “the only family is the traditional one”.
The Italian duo said: “No chemical offsprings and rented uterus: life has a natural flow, there are things that should not be changed.”
In a scathing post on picture-sharing site Instagram, Elton John, who has two children with husband David Furnish, branded the designers “archaic” and “judgmental” .
He told the pair, who founded Dolce & Gabbana and who were a couple for 23 years, that he would never wear their designs again.