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Armani Does His Own L.A. Walk

Giorgio Armani said he has canceled his trip to Los Angeles to attend Academy Awards-related events this month.

LOS ANGELES — Another Oscar event bites the dust.

With Giorgio Armani’s official statement Thursday that he has canceled his Oscar week trip to Los Angeles following the postponement of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style event, Vanity Fair announced it, too, will move its post-ceremony dinner — set to honor Armani and director Martin Scorcese and hosted by the magazine’s editor in chief Graydon Carter — to coincide with the induction.

A Vanity Fair spokeswoman confirmed that other than the dinner cancellation, which would have taken place at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills for 100 guests, Carter’s other plans for the week remain in place. As per annual tradition, Carter will be at the picnic held at the Malibu home of Barry Diller and Diane Von Furstenberg on Saturday afternoon, followed by Vanity Fair’s Sunday night Oscar bash at Morton’s in West Hollywood.

A source close to the Armani camp said recently that it was a surprise the designer had any intention of coming to the U.S. in the first place, since he has expressed concerns about flying here since Sept. 11.

Despite his absence during the coming week, however, the company will continue to host the book launch party for People columnist Steven Cojocaru’s release, “Red Carpet Diaries: Confessions of a Glamour Boy,” on March 20 at Emporio Armani in Beverly Hills. The event, though, has been moved from the Brighton Way space, still under construction, which is listed on the invitations to the temporary door at 443 North Rodeo Drive. Said a spokeswoman: “There’s a courtyard there, so at least guests will be able to smoke.”

At press time, a new date for the Walk of Style event had not been set. Armani is to be the first inductee on the sidewalk tribute, created by the Rodeo Drive Committee and the city of Beverly Hills to honor distinguished designers and style legends for their contributions in the ever-merging worlds of fashion and entertainment. Honorees will be recognized with a brass plaque engraved with the signature and a quote from the inductee, as well as a maquette modeled after the Robert Graham-sculpted 14-foot statue, “Torso”, which also be unveiled when the ceremony takes place.

This story first appeared in the March 14, 2003 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.