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Whether you were “networking” in the Principe di Savoia’s hotel bar as Eighties British band Duran Duran patiently posed for pics with adoring fans, rubbernecking the Versace front row where the black-clad stars were perched next to Anna Wintour or admitted entrance to a private concert at the Teatro dal Verme hosted by Italian Vogue and Hogan, the New Romantic rockers were impossible to miss during Milan Fashion Week.
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Providing a warm-up gig of sorts for the band’s forthcoming tour and the release of its 13th album, All You Need Is Now, produced by fellow fashion favorite Mark Ronson, the week not only ensured Duran Duran was all over the media, but gave the usual poker-faced fashion flock an excuse to scream like teenagers.
The band’s private gig for 1,400 guests had the likes of Donatella Versace and daughter Allegra, Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani, Renzo Rosso, Olivier Theyskens, French Vogue’s Emmanuelle Alt, Silvia Venturini Fendi and her daughter Delfina Delettrez, Margherita and Teresa Missoni and Coco Brandolini d’Adda dancing into the early hours, and ensuring an amusing chorus of husky front-row voices the following morning.