With a major retrospective of his work this fall and the opening of his massive new Milan store tonight, there was certainly no shortage of megawatt celebrities at Armani's presentation today. Sarah Ferguson, Phil Collins, Sophia Loren and Robert De Niro all stopped by to pay tribute to one of the most important designers of the past 30 years.

Armani's women—all brunettes this time around—had a coquettish, gamine charm to them, wearing masculine pinstriped trousers with suspenders, relaxed jackets and sleeveless silk T-shirts. Ultra-light lace dresses were adorned with faint, leafy patterns on a sheer background; honey leather jackets, cropped and unlined, gave the look a stronger edge. Eveningwear revolved around backless, beaded and knotted tops, paired with shimmering, crystal-embroidered pants or short, frilly skirts.