An extravaganza by Giorgio Armani is like no other, so when the Italian design legend vowed to wow Beijing with his One Night Only fashion show gala, he did just that.
It was never going to be a low-key affair. The venue, once a gigantic gas tank in the citys former industrial zone, had been transformed over the course of two weeks, Armani-style, into a slick cylindrical catwalk, befitting the up-and-coming art district which has sprung up in that area.
With 1000 people invited to attend the show, and a very Armani front row it was too, including Tina Turner, Michelle Yeoh, Fan Bing Bing, Daniel Wu and Shu Qui, guests were treated to the full Giorgio Armani experience with no less than 221 looks on parade, from his lines Emporio Armani, Giorgio Armani and Armani Privé, his couture collection.
After the finale couture dress had posed regally centre stagea column of liquid-black sequins embellished with a writhing dragon picked out in jade and emerald jewels that glinted in the spotlightthe equally epic Mary J Blige took to the stage (in a Giorgio Armani white suit, naturally) and proceeded to belt out No More Drama, as if the songstresss life depended on it. She then reeled off six more songs, including Family Affair and a cover version of U2s One, much to the delight of her front row and Mr Armani himself, who could be seen bopping in the wings.
As to why Mr Armani wanted to put on this blockbuster show in Beijing, he said: It was a way of celebrating my presence in this culturally rich and fascinating country, a country I got to know well, over ten years ago, long before its eco More