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Just Back From Los Angeles: Giorgio Armani

OCCUPATION Fashion designer
HOME BASE Milan
HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD Armani was recently in Beverly Hills for the unveiling of his star on the new Rodeo Drive Walk of Style. "I have been fortunate to have many wonderful collaborations with Hollywood. The United States is special to me because it was the first country to embrace my fashion with open arms."
UNDER THE INFLUENCE "Los Angeles has a sensibility that you don't find anywhere else. The warm weather and casual lifestyle have strongly influencedfashion. You often see guys in shorts and T-shirts having meetings around a pool. In Europe, they would be in suits, shirts, and ties. In L.A., it's what you can do—not what you wear—that defines your character."
HOTEL CALIFORNIA When he's on the West Coast, the designer usually stays at Raffles L'Ermitage in Beverly Hills (9291 Burton Way; 800/800-2113 or 310/278-3344; www.lermitagehotel.com; doubles from $418). "It has a sleek, uncluttered design and an atmosphere of understated luxury."
THE PLANE TRUTH "I always wear a blue T-shirt and khakis or jeans when I fly. I also never leave home without a navy blue silk-cashmere sweater." And his worst habit when traveling?"Eating everything they give me on the plane!"
NEXT TRIP London, for a retrospective of his career at the Royal Academy of Arts (www.royalacademy.org.uk; through February 15).
DON'T FORGET TO PACK "Anyone visiting Los Angeles should bring a great pair of sunglasses—Armani, of course."

—H. Scott Jolley

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