GIORGIO Armani is in hot water after saying gay men shouldn’t “dress homosexual” – but a quick look at his runway fashion has everyone a little confused.
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ITALIAN designer Giorgio Armani has found himself in hot water after sharing some controversial opinions on the way homosexual men should dress.
After the Dolce & Gabbana boys made headlines last month with their insensitive comments about same-sex families, you’d think Armani would have been a bit more thoughtful with some of the comments he made in a recent interview with Sunday Timesmagazine.
But the silver fox, who has never denied he’s gay himself, had strong opinions on myriad topics.
“He does not need to dress homosexual. 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.”
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The Italian’s designs have dominated catwalks for 40 years — and after analysing some of the outfits from his Giorgio Armani and Emporio Armani collections, we’re a little confused about what the 80-year-old thinks is “homosexual”.
Showing off your nips in a weird shirt with transparent panels cut out of it is apparently fine — as are shiny pants and visors.
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According to Giorgio, getting your mates to wear matching outfits is really straight-looking. So why not hit the mall with a buddy this weekend and pick up a cheeky schoolboy uniform to wear to the pub?
Or for a sporty look, coordinate with a bold geometric print and crocodile skin shorts. Handbags optional.
Straight guys love keeping their whites pristine, apparently. The more sheer the better. Extra points for tennis shorts.
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And it wasn’t just gay-looking people the Italian had opinions on.
He also doesn’t like people with biceps. “I don’t like muscle boy,” he said. “Not too much gym! I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.”
Ladies with plastic surgery, you’ve been taken to task as well. “A small breast does not have to become big,” he informs. “I prefer to look at a natural woman. A woman should be courageous to become older, not desperate to look younger than her age.”
Giorgio Armani: Gay Men Should Stop Working Out And Dressing “Homosexual”
This past weekend, 80 year-old fashion designer Giorgio Armani got all stupid on his fellow gays for not fitting into heteronormative standards and dressing “homosexual:”
“A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress homosexual. 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…
“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.”
Giorgio Armani Gay Rumors?Online poll shows 82 percent don’t believe he’s gay
It seems like every celebrity has been called gay at some point or another. Many of the gay rumors surrounding Giorgio Armani seem to be tied to his obsessive attention to his body, like most fashion designers.
However the poll suggests that a big majority – 82% – of respondents don’t believe that he’s gay.
Giorgio Armani: ‘Gay Men Shouldn’t Dress Gay’
Iconic Italian designer Giorgio Armani, who caters to such A-list celebrity clients as Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Chastain, George Clooney, Naomi Watts, and more, recently made some remarkably questionable comments about the way gay men choose to dress themselves.
Speaking to , Armani discussed his distaste for men who “exhibit” their homosexuality sartorially (as he sees it, anyway). “A homosexual man is a man 100 percent. He does not need to dress homosexual,” said the designer, 80. “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.”
It’s always disconcerting to hear someone express such an overwhelming bias towards a certain group, but it’s even more terrible when the person those opinions are coming from is in a position of public power. The weirdness only grows when you consider that Armani is a prominent member of the fashion community, which is generally considered to be super welcoming to and accepting of others, regardless of their sexual preference.
This isn’t the first time this year that an Italian designer has faced a fallout for his homophobic ideals. Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana faced a public relations disaster after revealing that they don’t agree with gay people having children. (Both Dolce and Gabbana are, themselves, gay.) Like Armani’s, that, too, was a homophobic remark masked as an opinion—which we’re all entitled to, of course—but it’s these kinds of ‘opinions’ that do nothing but breed ignorance and intolerance.
And besides—who’s to say that one person’s idea of “dressing homosexually” matches another’s? With so many trends (and non-trends, alike) around today, the menswear category has never been so broad. Not to mention the rise of unisex dressing, which is now more popular than ever.
It’s time to stop shaming others for their choices: whether it be how they dress, or who they love. If this is Armani’s twisted idea of a marketing tactic—“Wear my clothes! You won’t look gay!”—we aren’t buying it.
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One of the world’s most famous fashion designers has appeared to condemn gay men for dressing „homosexual“.
Giorgio Armani Wants Gay Men To Stop Dressing So Damn Gay
Eighty-year-old Giorgio Armani, the white-haired man pictured above, is sick of gay men dressing so gay. In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, the Italian fashion designer about “homosexual men” dressing all “homosexual.”
“A homosexual man is a man 100%. He does not need to dress 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.”
Let’s work this out, because that’s a whopper of a statement. All men are 100% men, and all men should dress like men who are not homosexual. So that means they should dress…straight? OK! But what does that mean, exactly? Clothes aren’t inherently gay or straight! Confusing, right? I’m just going to let the man’s work speak for itself, so here’s a lesson in “dressing straight” for all the gay men out there, based entirely on Giorgio Armani’s own fashions.
Oooh, check out this look made especially for manly men.
Put on your favorite outfit, y’all, because we’re going to the straight club tonight!
Studies show 90 percent of straight men wear this outfit when on first dates with sexy straight women.
Here are some straight man thongs in Emporio Armani’s current straight man underwear collection.
OK, great. Now we all know how to dress like a man.
Though Armani was happy to insult gay men with a particular fashion sense, as well as tell all men—gay or straight—that they must align to his broad definition of masculinity, he refused to discuss his own sexuality.
“He will talk about everything except his private life,” the article says. “No one denies he is gay. There’s a picture of his long-time companion in a silver frame next to where he is sitting. Yet, he won’t talk about him or any of his other partners.”
Thanks for the lessons, Giorgio! I truly respect your opinions.
Giorgio Armani’s Comments That Gay Men ‚Don’t Need to Dress Homosexual‘ Spark Controversy
Is there something in the coffee in Milan? Just a month after Dolce & Gabbana sparked a celebrity boycott by declaring that gay families shouldn’t be able to have children, Giorgio Armani has joined that particular conversation by saying he prefers that gay men not dress so “gay.”
“A homosexual man is a man 100 percent. He does not need to dress homosexual,” Armani said in an interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times. “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.”
Armani, 80, who (like Dolce & Gabbana) has not denied being gay himself, has his own uniform of sorts; he’ll usually be spotted in a navy crewneck and softly tailored pants or, for special occasions, one of his signature suits. But he didn’t state in the interview what, exactly, defines “homosexual dressing” versus “manly dressing.” He did, however, say that he’d prefer the body underneath the clothes to be in shape, but not too fit. “I don’t like muscle boy. Not too much gym!” he said.
The designer also recently took some heat for saying that Madonna’s Brit Awards fall was her own fault for being so difficult about the cape he designed, but fear not, Madonna: Armani had more to say about women in general in this latest interview. “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,” he said. “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.”
But, like Madonna, people weren’t going to take Armani’s criticism lightly. Check out a few Twitter responses, then tell us: What do you think of his comments?
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The poll results are based on a representative sample of 259 voters worldwide, conducted online for The Celebrity Post magazine. Results are considered accurate to within 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
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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.“
Models sporting creations from the Giorgio Armani menswear autumn/winter 2015 show. Photo: AFP/ Getty
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.
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Widerspruch auf Twitter
Auch Männer, die sich mit Muskeln aufpumpen gefallen ihm nicht. Sein Credo: Weniger ist mehr. „Nicht so viel Fitnessstudio. Ich mag Männer, die gesund und stabil aussehen, die auf ihren Körper achten, ihre Muskeln nicht zu sehr betonen.“ Bei Frauen missfallen ihm vor allem Schönheitsoperationen. „Eine kleine Brust muss nicht groß werden.“ Das sei „idiotisch“, lästerte der Altmeister.
Auf Twitter ließen die Reaktionen nicht lange auf sich warten. Vor allem seine Aussage über Schwule löst Widerstand aus. „Ihre Ansichten sind genauso out wie Ihre Mode!“, schreibt LGBT-News. Ein anderer User veröffentlichte ein Foto aus einer Armani-Kollektion mit einem durchsichtigen Männernetzhemd und schrieb dazu spöttisch: „So etwa?“
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Over the past several months, the media has been ablaze with stories about how the gay community continuously faces discrimination and hate. The scrutiny has come from all directions: corporations, the government and, most recently, fashion icon Giorgio Armani.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, the 80-year-old designer expressed his belief that a homosexual man should not dress as such if he wants to be considered a man. After reaffirming that “A homosexual man is a man, 100 percent,” he went on to say, “He does not need to dress homosexual.”
“When homosexuality is exhibited to the extreme to say: ‘Ah, you know I’m homosexual,’ that has nothing to do with me,” he continued. “A man has to be a man.”
These brief but hateful comments sparked immediate controversy on social media, particularly on Twitter. One tweet said, “I have never wanted to dress ‘too gay’ as much as I do now. Please send me a ‘too gay’ example Georgio @armani and I’ll flaunt it.” Others have even chosen to boycott the label: “I’d rather be dressed in drag than spotted in Armani Xchange or any of his other vile labels.”
Armani’s words seem particularly puzzling because of his largely homosexual fan base. This irony was not lost on the gay community, who felt particularly betrayed by the interview. One fashion blogger sarcastically tweeted, “Mr Armani said homosexuals should stop dressing gay. So here are his most heterosexual designs” and featured pictures of several of Armani’s designs popular among the gay community.
Many were also left confused because Armani’s words seemed contradictory. His comments imply that gay men, while they are men “100 percent,” do not reserve the same freedom as straight men to dress how they want.
This scandal comes one month after Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana made headlines for their negative remarks about gay parents raising children.
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Giorgio Armani, the 80-year-old fashion designer and billionaire, has criticised the way some gay men choose to dress.
Armani told The Sunday Times Magazine: „A homosexual man is a man 100 per cent. He does not need to dress homosexual.
„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.“
His remarks went down pretty badly with some Twitter users.
In the same interview, Armani said that the current vogue for super-muscular male bodies is not to his taste either. „I don’t like muscle boy,“ he said. „Not too much gym! I like somebody healthy, somebody solid, who looks after his body but doesn’t use his muscles too much.“