Armani Fifth Avenue Store Opening Party
Victoria Beckham and Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani invited fashion industry insiders and an inner circle of famous friends including Victoria Beckham, Alicia Keys and John Mayer for a celebration to mark the opening of his Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City. "Armani was one of the first designer items that I ever bought," said Beckham, who chose a Swarovski-beaded Emporio Armani cocktail dress for the occasion. "Meeting Mr. Armani for the first time a couple of years ago was really exciting for me. I'm in awe of him."
Though the combination of frigid weather and an outdoor black carpet made for some chilly celebrities, Molly Sims was determined to show off her Giorgio Armani ensemble-a black dress with a cream beaded and lace fringed overlay. "Everyone is beautiful, the store is glamorous and Mr. Armani kissed my hand!" gushed Sims.
Alicia Keys and Giorgio Armani
"I was determined to send out a clear message of change, interpreting the current trend for mixing genres, juxtaposing items in different price brackets," Mr. Armani said in a statement about the massive space, which houses all of the Armani brands under one roof. Before sitting down to an intimate dinner, guests like Alicia Keys-looking bright and beautiful in a coral Giorgio Armani shift dress-inspected the new boutique, designed by the Italian architectural experts Fuksas.
Leonardo DiCaprio, John Mayer and Liam Neeson were among the leading men who joined in on the fun. DiCaprio made a surprise appearance at the bash, pausing briefly for photographers before making his way up the floating vortex staircase and heading straight for the V.I.P. area.
Zoe Saldana, Giorgio Armani and Solange Knowles
"I didn't really borrow a lot of Beyonce's [Armani] when I was younger. We both borrowed stuff from my mom. Thankfully, we all wear the same shoe size!" said Solange Knowles, who posed with Zoe Saldana and Mr. Armani. During a ribbon cutting earlier in the evening, the Italian designer announced that he'll donate $1 million to nurture arts programs in New York City public schools.
Emile Hirsch, Josh Hartnett and Brianna Dombart
"One summer, I went to Milan to launch a commercial that I did for Armani," said Josh Hartnett, who has most recently served as the face of the Emporio Armani Diamonds for Men fragrance. "There was this huge Armani hangar with like 15 planes in it. I was like, '[Giorgio] owns Milan!'" Hartnett mingled with Emile Hirsch and Brianna Dombart.
"The way I dress, my 'style' I guess, has changed over the last year," said Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, who looked dapper in a two-button midnight blue Emporio Armani suit with leather and satin detailing. "Now I see the importance of wearing a good suit. Men wear suits."
Milla Jovovich showed off her model figure in a Giorgio Armani white beaded dress. Mad Men's January Jones went to the other end of the spectrum, choosing a dramatic red Emporio Armani cocktail dress, while devotee Mira Sorvino-who wore a custom dress by the designer at her Italian wedding-went for an Emporio Armani black tiered ruffle dress.