Home Field Advantage
A pair of store parties shut down Via Montenapoleone and stopped traffic in the streets around it last night. On one side of the block, Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti was celebrating the label’s newly reopened flagship alongside Freida Pinto and Francesca Eastwood, Clint’s daughter, both of whom wore Ferragamo head to toe. On the other, Prada was having a store party of its own. In fact, Prada spread the festivities across two of its shops, on Montenapoleone and at the Galleria in the Duomo Square. The Galleria was particularly packed. It could’ve been the fact that that was where Miuccia, fresh off a genius Spring show, was mingling. On the other hand, it might’ve been the very tasty chicken nuggets. With 10-plus shows on the schedule and each of them starting about 45 minutes late, nobody had time for lunch, let alone dinner.
But people made time for dancing later, as Alison Moyet performed at the Agnona party at another of the endless fête-ready palazzi that seem to dot this city. Because he has spent the lion’s share of his career in Paris and lives much of the time in Berlin, it’s almost possible to forget that Stefano Pilati is an Italian designer. But he’s now ensconced at Agnona and its brother line Zegna, and as he sat listening to Moyet surrounded by pals like Anna Dello Russo and the Brandolini sisters, the evening felt very much like a homecoming.
—Nicole Phelps and Dirk Standen