2009 February 26

Front Row Report: Emporio Armani, Missoni

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(MILAN) Judging from the Emporio Armani show presented only moments ago at Armani HQ on Via Bergognone, Mr. Armani is gloriously continuing last season's winning streak. But enough about the clothes (for now)--let's discuss the front row. As predicted, many top types are arriving on Friday, sparing themselves a few days of Principe and Four Seasons charges in the process. The front-row at Emporio, always a telltale role call, was revealing. The EIC count: Anna Wintour, Glenn O'Brien, Joanna Coles. The rest was filled with the likes of Robin Givhan, Michael Roberts, and Nina Garcia. The retailers were represented by a sole Stephanie Solomon (seated next to Carine Roitfeld). One can only pray that the Bazaar and Elle teams made the second EA show. Rumor has it that Grace Coddington and André Leon Talley won't be attending Milan this season, while almost every team is downsizing. Happily, all the majors will arrive in time for the Giorgio Armani show on Friday morning.

At the first Missoni show, shown traditionally for buyers, Wintour was the lone Voguette, and Margherita Missoni joined her in the front row. The Daily also spotted Ken Downing, looking splendid and excited about the fashion ahead. Tonight, Prada is staging the next Iconoclast party at its Monte Napoleone flagship, which has been "remixed" by stylist Olivier Rizzo. And there's one more Milano surprise in store this evening...

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