While “going green” these days typically refers to eco-friendly measures, here’s one instance in which it means people are turning green–and I don’t mean with envy. You’re looking at Main, the newest megayacht belonging to fashion designer extraordinaire Giorgio Armani. The unusually dark-green paint–so dark, it looks practically black–covering nearly every square inch of her profile is the subject of much debate in yacht-spotting circles.
Main (which I’m told translates to “Mom” in an old dialect of the Piacenza, Italy, region) was just launched a few days ago at Codecasa. While the fully custom 65-meter (213-foot) yacht clearly delights Armani, judging from photos I’ve seen of him inspecting her decks, not everyone shares his enthusiasm. Yachting purists and even some fans of modern designs are shuddering at the militaristic tone of the paint and how it envelops everything up to the satcom domes. Personally, I’m not a fan. While I’ve always supported an owner’s decision to tailor every possible aspect of a yacht to his or her own taste, I can’t help but wonder whether Armani knows or cares that he’s created a nightmare cleaning and polishing job for his crew. Even a traditional white yacht requires hours of chamois work; this is a whole other ballgame.
To be fair to Armani, though, there is one thing I do like: the transom design. As you can see here, there’s a full-beam expanse of teak steps cascading down from the main deck. It strikes me as an invitation to dip into the sea while at anchor.
So, what do you think? Am I crazy, or is Armani? Share your thoughts here.
photos: Paglianti photo service agency