The Italian Almanac

Giorgio Armani

Italian Fashion - June 3

In the 1950s, Rome was known for la dolce vita (the sweet life), and last night the Italian capital recaptured its former glory with a glittering event, Una Notte a Roma (One Night in Rome). The three big hitters of Italian fashion - Giorgio Armani, Donatella Versace and Valentino Garavani, known as just Valentino - showed collections created for the televised event held in Rome's Piazza Navona.

Sitting in the front row were actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Rupert Everett. Everett was seated beside Dontella's daughter, Allegra Versace, who took control of her inheritance - 50 per cent of the Versace empire valued at $140 million - on her 18th birthday last June.

Valentino, Versace and Armani were joined on the catwalk by another fashion stalwart, Gianfranco Ferre, to applause at the end of the evening. Many friends of the designer were in the audience for One Night in Rome, including Ornella Muti, Margherita Buy, Vittoria Belvedere and Walter Nudo, while Biagio Antonacci and Lucio Dalla performed on stage.