By  on September 22, 2006

LONDON — He might as well have been a royal on a foreign tour, with the accolades, back-to-back appointments, Champagne receptions and special appearances. Giorgio Armani, who recently poured $40 million into London retail property and parties, grabbed a big chunk of attention during a weeklong visit that culminated Thursday night with a fashion- and celebrity-fueled free-for-all at Earl's Court. The event, which reached rock concert-like chaos in both the number of celebrities attending and the streams of people who flooded the venue — capped by an hour delay — will air on Britain's Chanel Four on Wednesday. All told, there were around 1,300 people there.

The evening featured performances by Beyoncé Knowles, Razorlight, Bryan Ferry and Andrea Bocelli, and a venue packed with such Armani pals as Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashley Judd, Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Elle Macpherson, among many others. Also in attendance were Bono and Bobby Shriver, who cofounded (Product) RED, an initiative that sells specially designed goods from several major companies, including Armani's, with some of the proceeds going toward fighting disease in Africa.

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