Russell Crowe's Team Gets Armani-Designed Duds

03/18/2007 at 10:00 AM ET

Giorgio Armani has designed all of Russell Crowe’s important looks — from his wedding suit to his Oscar tux. So when the actor — and part owner of the rugby team the South Sydney Rabbitohs — asked his designer pal to help out with the team uniforms, he happily obliged, creating an off-field look for the athletes. “You are probably asking yourself why an Italian fashion designer should get involved with an Australian rugby league team?” Armani said in a statement. The answer is simple. “My friend Russell Crowe does not call often and when he does, it is usually about something very important.” Besides, says the designer. “I love sport of all kinds. [Athletes are] modern day gladiators.” Besides, as Crowe points out, the reach isn’t as far as you think. “Australians have a lot in common with Italians,” he explains. “We are both proud of our culture and fanatical about sport.” The Rabbitoh’s will debut their snappy new look in a match against the Eastern Suburbs Roosters on March 19.

Photo: MARC LARKIN/lfi; Denis Guignebourg/jpi

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R on

Armani for a rugby sportswear line?
I have to say though, Giorgio Armani is an amazing designer and I truly beleive that he can do everything and anything. I would love it if I had a famous designer create my team uniforms and I think his team is very lucky. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

Ashlee on

Where can I find the green bag that Katie Holmes is carrying in StarTracks today?

rachel on

This guy needs some help!
he isn’t even attractive!
ARAMANI! get some one else!

May on

Why in the hell would anyone want to wear ARMANI while playing rugby? What is wrong with some of these actors?

rachel b. on

Bring it on!

Samantha on


Looker on

He is designing their OFF FIELD attire – not their team jerseys. The suits are what they wear TO the game, before they get changed into their on-field gear

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