WOODY WANTS ARMANI: Could Woody Allen be changing his look? The man famous for wearing baggy trousers and plaid shirts could be headed for a makeover…e la Armani. Last week, Woody was spotted on a shopping spree at the Armani boutique in Rome, and he and Soon-Yi turned up in the front row at the Emporio show on Tuesday. “I think Armani is brilliant, and I’ve thought so for years,” Allen said earnestly, adding that the show was almost as much fun as a basketball game. “It was entertaining, but different from basketball…the girls are taller.”
NAOMI’S NO-SHOW: When Naomi Campbell finally showed up at 1 p.m. for her 10:30 appointment at Laura Biagiotti on Tuesday, the fashion show had already started. “We couldn’t even show the nine exits she was supposed to wear,” said Biagiotti’s husband and company chairman Gianni Cigna. “So we decided to donate her fee of $19,000 to Anlaids” — Italy’s leading AIDS charity. Naomi said she was held up all morning by a fitting at Dolce & Gabbana.
FROM BURGERS TO BANQUETS: There aren’t a lot of people who remember that Dolce & Gabbana’s very first fashion show — for a line called Donna Donna — was held in 1984 in a “Burghy” hamburger joint in downtown Milan. “The invitations, which we made ourselves, were stuck on top of real hamburgers,” recalls Domenico Dolce. “The only problem was that, after a while, the burgers started to smell and a lot of fashion editors were furious with us.”
Tonight, Milan’s design duo will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dolce & Gabbana with a sumptuous Sicilian banquet for 200 and the launch of a commemorative book. But as they look forward to their next 10 years together, Dolce and Gabbana feel that fashion shouldn’t be forever. “We want to retire and move abroad,” Dolce said. “Our dream is to adopt a bunch of children. We can’t just live for clothes alone.”