A 1930s building by architect Enrico Griffini is now the Armani Hotel, the second urban inn for the Milan-based brand. The city’s fashion set can be found at the Armani Lounge and Bamboo Bar, a lofty hangout with backlit onyx detailing and panoramic views of the Duomo and historic district. From $766. 39/(0) 02-8883-8888. This appeared in the September, 2012 issue.
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Sophisticated Environs for a Sophisticated Meal
I was first exposed to the design of Giorgio Armani at the Golden Globe Awards in the mid-1990s. Jodie Foster and other actresses (maybe Mira Sorvino?) were wearing beautifully tailored Armani suits at the gala, and the color palette made an immediate impression on me. In Milan a few weeks ago during the Salone del Mobile furniture fair, I had the pleasure of having lunch at the Armani. It is everything you would imagine: all sorts of whites, blacks, grays, and an array of gleaming surfaces. The menu at lunch is simple—a few starters and a few mains. The service is flawless and the linens perfectly crisp, much like those suits I remember from way back when.
Hotel Armani's bar looks like any photo I've seen of the designer's clothing in a magazine- clean lines, neutral colors, and elegance to spare. The cocktail list is long and humorous (the Steve Martini anyone?), but it's the environs to check out. Visit the Hotel Armani bar to start your own fashion week in Milan.