Given Armani’s backstory, it’s fitting that the images on these pages— these scenes, even—look like outtakes from a movie. They star Armani alongside Michelle Dockery, who reprises her role as Lady Mary in a big-screen continuation of the period drama Downton Abbey, in theaters this fall. A fashion designer who is as famous and recognizable as any movie star, Armani has dressed the great and good of Hollywood’s nest. “Cate Blanchett, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kristin Scott Thomas, Richard Gere, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Chastain, and Lady Gaga,” he reels o names from his studio in Milan.“But the list goes on.” He left out Sophia Loren, a veritable Armani avatar of understated, timeless Italian style.

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