Giorgio Armani is one of my favorite fashion designers and I have already talked about his empire of fashion, design, and luxury hotel business on my website. I recently wrote an article about my visit to the Armani Silos, a museum space dedicated to the Armani fashion universe, on the occasion of Emporio Armani’s 40th anniversary. I have also been to the Armani Hotel Restaurant several times over the years, especially during Milan Fashion Week.
I love anything that reflects the minimal style and philosophy of Giorgio Armani so I was very excited to spend a morning at the Armani Hotel Spa in Milan. The entire Armani Hotel and Restaurant complex is one of the most elegant and iconic places in the city, located on via Manzoni, in the Fashion District.
The exclusive environment of Armani/SPA fully embodies Giorgio Armani’s signature lifestyle and design. It is a 1000-square-meter corner of tranquility and well-being located on the eighth floor of Armani Hotel Milano that allows guests (both hotel guests and those who only want to use the spa service) to relax and participate in a wellness path equipped with a sauna, steam bath and ice waterfall.
Armani/SPA also offers its guests three philosophies of carefully designed treatments based on natural products, in order to meet each individual need: the MU philosophy includes a series of treatments that aim to induce a deep feeling of relaxation. The LIBERTÀ philosophy is designed specifically to free the mind and body from deep physical stress through scrubs and face/body masks. The FLUIDITÀ treatment collection aims to harmonize mind and body and improve the process of eliminating toxins and excess fluids. In addition, it is also possible to enjoy a series of two-hour facial and body treatments through the use of some of Armani’s signature skincare creations, such as the Armani Crema Nera line; the exfoliating mask with natural oriental-inspired products is especially recommended.
Last March my stepsister Lucrezia opened her beauty salon in the coastal town of Lignano Sabbiadoro (Northeast Italy), and many citizens attended the opening night, which also included refreshments for guests and a welcome toast offered by the team. The venue, which was previously home to a real estate agency, was completely renovated before the opening and was furnished according to the owner’s taste. During that time I was based in Lignano Sabbiadoro for a few months and was able to witness the different stages that preceded the opening; the venue was turned into a beautiful place, completed with furniture from Maisons du Monde and other design brands made in Italy.
Lucrezia began her beautician studies about a year and a half prior to the inauguration, training at a few local beauty salons before deciding to open her own beauty studio. She specialized mainly in nail art and nail reconstruction, and is to this day a professional nail technician; her talent, kindness and care for her clients has helped make Lucrezia Beauty Studio one of the leading beauty salons in the town of Lignano Sabbiadoro.
Lucrezia Beauty Studio offers a wide selection of beauty treatments. Lucrezia is in charge of all nail-related work; manicures and pedicures (both with regular and semi-permanent nail polish), French manicure, nail reconstruction with nail plate and refill work, including gel-nail removal. She has a remarkable talent for nail art works and the designs she does on the nails are amazing; I also love her results in making Baby Boomer, an acrylic nail technique that makes nails look shaded with a very natural effect. I have rather small nails but thanks to Lucrezia I managed to stop biting them and I have been her client for semi-permanent nail polish application (living far from Lignano, it is difficult for me to visit the salon on a regular basis so I tend to do a DIY manicure with regular nail polish at home and go to Lucrezia for a manicure or other beauty treatments when I am visiting part of the family in Lignano). The nail polish used by Lucrezia are from top quality brands, such as Orly and Passione Unghie.
For this “Five” edition, let’s take a look at five fashion objects I own that are evocative of France and its timeless glamour:
1) Karl Lagerfeld Signature Crossbody Bag: I fell in love with this bag in the spring of 2019 and it was gifted to me by my father on the occasion of my birthday.
I was a bit indecisive about which color to get (light pink or beige were my main options) but then I came across the black version and it really caught my eye. Besides the fact that black goes with everything, I felt it was the most practical shade for a daily use (it’s the ideal bag for me when running errands on foot, but also for a chic apéritif in the city; I would pair it with an all-black outfit, probably black jeans or faux-fur pants and a black biker jacket).
Three years later, it shows no particular signs of wear (apart from a little scratch on the golden Karl signature) and I still use it often, mostly in the wintertime.
I love the fact that it combines classic and contemporary elements, being a centerpiece for different styles; it also provides adequate storage in my opinion.
2)Chanel Paris – Riviera Eau de Toilette: this is part of the “Les Eaux de Chanel” collection, which was inspired by Gabrielle Chanel’s travel destinations.
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