by Samantha Lim on
Emporio Armani celebrated the opening of their Madison Avenue store with a massive in-store concert featuring Skylar Grey, The Drums, and Ladyhawke plus a dj set by Mayer Hawthorne. We caught up with our spirit animal Anna Dello Russo and fashion friend, Ryan Lochte.
The fact that they could even fit a stage, a DJ booth, 2 bars, and a couple hundred guests into the store shows to its versatile awesomeness. Guests noshed on cocktails and tiny, fancy food while checking out the new 2 floors of Armani filled beauty. When we walked in, the first guy we saw was fashionisto-in-residence Ryan Lochte. After partying with him in Vegas, watching his commentary, and reuniting with him at Brian Atwood‘s event, the Olympian gave us a warm welcome on his last night of Fashion Week (STALKER NOTE: he left for the weekend and will be back in NYC on Tuesday 9/11). He looked dashing in a black Armani jacket and tshirt, and was having a great time mingling with guests and continuing to learn about the fashion world he’s about the jump into.
Heads turned when Ms. Anna Dello Russo waltzed in wearing a killer cutout gold & white cocktail dress and stunningly detailed gold sunglasses. Like a moth to a very thin, tan, Italian flame, I immediately ran towards her screaming “Anna! How are you! You look phenomenal in your music video!” Being the sweet media-master she is, Dello Russo graciously pretended to know exactly who I was. She sweetly participated in our Closet Raid story, showed off all her Italian accessories, and gushed over how she would take an entire collection of Dolce & Gabbana with her to the beach if she had to choose just one designer (more on that story later this week).
From there, the guest list just got more and more impressive. We missed an opportunity to catch miss thang Carine Roitfeld, but we do have this killer image of what she wore. And to scratch your name-dropping itch other notables included: Roberta Armani, June Ambrose, Michael Avedon, Giovanna Battaglia, Derek Blasberg, Harry & Peter Brant Jr, Emilie de Ravin, Anna Dello Russo, Cory Kennedy, Natalia Kills, Angela Lindvall, Ryan Lochte, Jay Manuel, Ricky Martin, Mia Moretti, Sky Nellor, Erin O’Connor, and miss thang Carine Roitfeld.
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