Something in the Aria
Celebrating Italy's native talents with a night at the opera
La Scala's stalls were lined with a who's who of Italian fashion dons and designers tonight. Renzo Rosso, Giorgio Armani, Valentino's Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Peter Dundas of Emilio Pucci, Yoox's Federico Marchetti…The list goes on and on. The occasion was to mark the major investment Condé Nast is making in Italy, awarding five scholarships to promising Italian students for the study of fashion, film, art, and journalism. As a symbol of the partnership, Milan's mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, hosted with Chuck Townsend of Condé Nast and Jonathan Newhouse of Condé Nast International, and the evening's entertainment was a selection of arias by Vittorio Grigolo. The enviably coiffed tenor sang Rossini and Tosca, as well as Italy's answer to "My Way," "O Sole Mio." There were no less than five curtain calls. Chanteuse Paloma Faith, rather enviably coiffed herself with fiery orange-red locks, was suitably impressed. "I thought it was a quintessentially Italian gift," she said. Her date for the evening, Max Mara's Giorgio Guidotti, was rather taken, too. "I was raised with opera, and I think it's great to have such a good-looking guy as a star."