Vogue Italia editor in chief Franca Sozzani and Qatari businessman Abdul Aziz Al Rabban, the developer behind the future Place Vendome shopping mall, hosted a party at Milan’s Palazzo Serbelloni on Saturday night to celebrate the February issue of the magazine, guest edited by Mario Testino.
Rita Ora, dressed in a sheer dress by Francesco Scognamiglio, performed a short set accompanied by an acoustic guitarist. “This is one of my favorite songs. I like divas, I like big, big voices, you know – big voices, big titties, fun,” she announced, before launching into a rousing cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.”
Testino, who themed the issue around “joy,” said another diva helped him find the key to inner happiness. “Whitney Houston’s song – learning to love yourself, I think that’s when you’re the happiest,” the Peruvian photographer said, referring to “Greatest Love of All.”
Guests included Anna Wintour, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Izabel Goulart, Ondria Hardin, Margherita Missoni Maccapani, Brian Atwood, Giuseppe Zanotti, Kean and Costanza Etro, Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi, Alessandro Dell’Aqua and Fausto Puglisi.
Peter Dundas was fresh off his presentation for Just Cavalli, where he served drinks to guests. “The place reminded of when I was a student and I had a summer job and I was working in an illegal nightclub,” he said with a smirk. His definition of fun? “Doing whatever comes to mind without any plans.”
Jeremy Scott echoed that sentiment. “To me, joy is freedom,” he stated. What about Anna Dello Russo? “Putting on a new outfit,” she replied without hesitation. “Good answer,” Scott enthused. And with that, they were off to dance the night away with Testino and his crew.