ARMANI’S AGENDA: Giorgio Armani has a full itinerary for his upcoming visit to New York next month. The designer, whose last visit to the Big Apple coincided with 9/11, is staging a fashion show Oct. 26 of his spring-summer 2005 collection for some 1,000 customers and others who don’t get to Milan to see his shows. He will also host a breakfast at his Armani Casa store that day — an event that was originally supposed to transpire Sept. 12, 2001, but was canceled for obvious reasons. On Oct. 27 he will be feted at a dinner and party hosted by Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter to honor “Oscar Night: 75 Years of Hollywood Parties,” a photography book that Armani is sponsoring. The designer is slated to do a book signing as well. Then, on Oct. 28, he’ll attend The Fashion Group International benefit to accept its Superstar award. And finally, on Oct. 29, one of Armani’s ambassadors, Eugenia Silva, will host a special shopping event at the Giorgio Armani boutique for 40 of her friends and donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Museum of Natural History.

Even before heading to New York, Armani has a packed schedule. Today, he’s opening an Armani Jeans store in Milan’s trendy Corso di Porta Ticinese neighborhood, and he’s also dressing Duran Duran for the band’s world tour, which kicks off this month. They’ll drop by his show on Tuesday as well.

OUT AT RUFFO:
Four months into their relationship, sources in Milan say Ruffo’s owner Giacomo Corsi and designer Riccardo Tisci have parted ways, since the Ruffo Research line is absent from the women’s runway show calendar this week. This spring, Corsi decided to relaunch the experimental Ruffo Research line and asked Tisci to take on the project under a three-year contract. For his part, Tisci, who has worked with Antonio Berardi and Stefano Guerriero, among others, will show a capsule collection under his namesake brand on Thursday. Corsi and Tisci were not available for comment at press time.

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