Armani Pays Tribute To Ukraine: Silent Show At Milan Fashion Week

Giorgio Armani switched off the music at the fashion show he organized on Sunday in Milan to show his respect for the drama of Ukrainians attacked by Putin's army.

The models stepped on the podium in a strange silence, interrupted only by the applause of the audience, wearing short jackets in pastel hues and shiny, sequined black and silver dresses.
Over the loudspeaker, a voice explained that Giorgio Armani's decision not to use any music in the show was made as a "sign of respect to people in the unfolding tragedy." Despite the curious omission of the words "Russia" or "Ukraine," the message was clear enough, wsj.com reports.

Giorgio Armani - Clear Statement On Twitter

"My decision not to use any music was taken as a sign of respect towards the people involved in the unfolding tragedy in Ukraine,"  the famous designer said in a black-and-white post on his Twitter account.

"The best thing to do is send a message that we don't want to celebrate because something very disturbing is happening around us," the 87-year-old designer, visibly moved, later said on the sidelines of the show.

Giorgio Armani's Show Concluded Milan Fashion Week
Both male and female models wore black velvet coats, jackets, and pants, sometimes with dabs of blue, or red trim, in the autumn/winter 2022/2023 collection.

The Armani fashion show traditionally concludes Milan Fashion Week, which this season has hosted mainly live shows with the public, rather than digital shows as it has been the case for the past two years due to the COVID-9 pandemic, including by the likes of Prada, Gucci, and Dolce&Gabbana.

For those with ties to Ukraine, business as usual was unthinkable at Milan Fashion Week. The two Ukrainian models who walked in the Prada show, Kristy Ponomar and Irina Kravchenko, have used their Instagram platforms to rally their thousands of followers around their country’s plight.

Ukraine - Devastated By The Russian Invasion

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has killed more than 2,000 Ukrainian civilians and destroyed hundreds of structures including transport facilities, hospitals, kindergartens, and homes, Ukraine's emergency service said on Wednesday.

"Children, women, and defense forces are losing their lives every hour," it said in an official statement. 

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