The Emporio Armani Sounds bash at Neuehouse in Hollywood Thursday night was all about the music. To prove that, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers kicked off the night with an impressive mini-concert, which included hits from his latest solo album, The Desired Effect, a few of his band’s hot songs, and even a cover. He hit the stage in a sleek navy Armani suit, which was particularly meaningful for Flowers, who told InStyle he used to walk by an Emporio Armani store in Vegas every day on his way to his job as a bus boy at Spago. “I never thought that I would have enough money to buy an Armani suit let alone, you know, have them, want to dress me in one,” he added.
The concert took in what was perhaps the cutest moment of the night: Modern Family star Sarah Hyland and boyfriend Dominic Sherwood (above) embodying the evening’s youthful spirit, hand-in-hand. Hyland rocked a dark, matte lip with an oversize blazer that featured a sexy, plunging neckline, while handsome Sherwood let his cool stare do the talking. A sleek leather jacket was enough to meet the party’s come-to-dance dress code.
As Flowers played “Human” for the crowd, people went wild, throwing up their hands, dancing and snapping photos of him while he performed. “I'm Brandon Flowers, I come from fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada,” he said with a wide smile, before performing a set that included The Killers’ “Read My Mind,” and his hits “Can’t Deny My Love” and “Mr. Brightside.” While he sang “Mr. Brightside,” former Glee star Darren Criss (below, left) and Teen Wolf star Holland Roden hit the dance floor, bobbing their heads and dancing. Criss also posed with friend Chord Overstreet (below, right).
Roden, who rocked a red and cream strapless Armani jumper, told us the highlight of the night for her was Flowers’s performance. “There’s been like a very '90s throwback vibe in Armani’s collection, and I think that it’s very fun that The Killers have that late ‘80s, early '90s vibe,” she told us. Meanwhile, Criss, who sported a striped Armani blazer, told us, “It's so cool to be at a party where it's like a high school party but there are two huge rock stars.”
Later, Mark Ronson (below) hit the stage in a dark blue Armani suit he saw at one of the company’s recent fashion shows. “I kind of just picked the one I thought I could pull off, but it’s great, and I love Armani and Emporio too,” he told us. “All the classic stuff they kind of invented in the '80s has come back around and it’s one of my favorite kind of men’s silhouettes.”
Ronson went on to nail his set, keeping celebs and guests alike on the dance floor for more than an hour as he seamlessly weaved in new and old school R&B and hip hop into his mix. As he played everything from Kendrick Lamar's "Alright,” to Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen," he threw in Prince’s “I Wanna Be Your Lover,” and made everyone lose their minds and dance like crazy as Beyonce’s “Formation” poured out of the speakers.
Skrillex, who rocked a black leather jacket and a black top from his OWSLA line, hung out with pal Diplo and a group of friends at the event, and told us he couldn’t get enough of Ronson’s set. “The thing about Mark Ronson is he’ll play hits and he’ll play some sh*t I’ve never heard before that’s so dope,” he said in between sips of his Diet Coke, before he started dancing near a friend to Major Lazer’s “Lean On.”
After dancing for three hours, it would seem that partygoers would be ready to leave the fete, but at midnight there were dozens still going strong, dancing to a hip hop version of Stevie Wonder's “All I Do.” One guy on the dance floor even started doing the worm.
As the evening wrapped up, Ronson played the last song, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” a fitting tribute for the end of an epic night of music.