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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Armani attracts A-list entourage to Paris show

The Italian designer had a front row filled with actresses from all over the world

From left: Tang Wei, Isabelle Huppert, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Giorgio Armani, Sophia Loren and Priyanka Chopra
From left: Tang Wei, Isabelle Huppert, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet, Giorgio Armani, Sophia Loren and Priyanka Chopra

The front row of the Armani Privé Show was dominated by movie stars from across the world, who came out to show support for 82-year-old Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani, during Haute Couture Week in Paris.

The designer seemed thrilled to see Kate Winslet, who was one of the first to arrive in a flattering cinched black dress, greeting her with a kiss and posing for the photographers. Isabelle Huppert was not so lucky; the French actress – who apparently got caught in traffic – arrived after the show had started, and was booed at by the photogs and videographers for blocking their view of Armani’s chic Privé runway.

The designer announced that the collection was dedicated to the “beautiful smile” of Franca Sozzani, the late editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia. However, Sozzani’s long-time contemporary, the Italian actress Sophia Loren was in attendance, as were Chinese actress Tang Wei, India’s Priyanka Chopra, Cuban actress Ana de Armas, Hungarian model Barbara Palvin and British actress Naomi Watts, who was flying straight to Kenya after the show for a holiday.

Bollywood’s Chopra, who has become an international star thanks to her roles in Quantico and the Baywatch movie, posted an Instagram image of her and Armani, saying “Such a spectacular show. Thank you for having me Mr Amani"; and another one with Loren and Huppert, which she called her "fan-girl moment".

The designer’s niece, Roberta Armani was also in attendance, seated between Loren and Winslet.