Armani's A-list Pret-a-Party
If you were an Oscar nominee, where would you go the night before the Big Awards? Sure, there were lots of hot parties to hit. But to start off, you'd go where Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Penelope Cruz, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyonce, Sydney Poitier, Clive Owen, George Clooney, John Travolta, Adrien Brody, Russell Simmons and Katie Holmes went: to Giorgio Armani's fashion bash at Ron Burkle's Beverly Estate.
Burkle's Green Acres estate is sort of a mini-version of Armani and Clooney's Italian villas but without the Lake Como view. The Spring/Summer 07 fashion show took place in a tent after an extended garden champagne cocktail hour (Al and Tipper came too!). The scene felt like you were transported to an alternate Celebrity Universe, where everyone on the planet is famous and fabulous. Naturally, the celebs were dutifully sporting Armani, making it more fun to watch the stars than the unknown Armani models strolling the runway.
Here's a peek at the front row celeb action:
George makes small talk with the most booteous babes in the front row. He also had Cate and Helen cracking up too and boy-talk bonded with Clive Owen. Both men both looked a bit ill-at-ease sitting in the front row and kept trying keep straight faces during the show. And it wasn't easy.
Josh Hartnett sitting with Natalie Portman? Yipes. Hope Scarlett Johansson doesn't see this. Oh, wait, they already broke up. Hasn't she been seeing Justin Timberlake? It's so hard to keep track.
Poor Katie Holmes. All dressed up and looking gorgeous in Armani, sitting in the front row with all the big stars. Alone. Wassup with that? And she's smiling (and actually showing her teeth) for the first time in weeks. Hmmm.
Where's the beef? Penny and Beyonce made a tasty Leo Sandwich.
Sidney Poitier, Clint Eastwood and his wife watch the models strut their Armani style.
Doesn't designer Tory Burch look a bit like (actually, a lot like) Sheryl Crow? Guess Lance Armstrong has a type.
In case you're keeping track, here's the final guest list of last night Armani event: Lance Armstrong, Mischa Barton, Camilla Belle, Cate Blanchett, Beyonce, Adrien Brody, Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio, George Clooney, Sean Combs, Penelope Cruz, Faye Dunaway, Clint and Dina Eastwood, Andy Garcia, Al Gore, Josh Hartnett, Katie Holmes, Anjelica Houston and Robert Graham, Angie Harmon, Anne Hathaway, Lauren Hutton, Joshua Jackson, Quincy Jones, Chris Kattan, Anthony Kiedis, Diane Kruger, Jason Lewis, Olivier Martinez, Debi Mazar, Dylan McDermott, Helen Mirren, Sandra Oh, Clive Owen, Elsa Pataky, Sidney Poitier, Natalie Portman, Martin Scorsese, Bobby Shriver, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Gore Vidal, Dita Von Teese, Mark Wahlberg and Ziyi Zhang. Whew.
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