Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani is expected to visit Israel at the end of March in honor of the State's 60th Independence Day celebrations.
According to the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, Armani was given a formal invitation to visit Israel by Israeli Ambassador to Italy Gideon Meir after several weeks of negotiations with the designer. Armani remained adamant to visit Israel only if afforded an official, formal invite.
The Foreign Ministry than decided to lodge this formal invitation to Armani, as part of its ongoing efforts to ‘revamp’ Israel’s image as a young, hip. thriving and modern country. The ministry currently awaits official words from Armani’s offices in Milan, following which it plans to compile a dazzling itinerary for Armani, as befitting the fashion icon.
While in Israel, Armani is expected to meet, among others, President Shimon Peres, and possibly Foreign Minister Tzipi Livini and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Armani will also be treated to a cross-country tour of Israel, and is also expected to launch a new Armani brand store at the Tel Aviv harbor.
Giorgio Armani, 74, is one of the world’s foremost fashion designers. His personal fortune is estimated at some $1.7 billion.
He designs clothing, fashion accessories, and cosmetics as well as buildings and furniture. Armani’s clientele is a virtual “who’s who” of Hollywood stars and world-class musicians.
Armani was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2002, and also works on behalf of several charities for children with Down’s Syndrome.