Giorgio Armani’s trip to Washington over the weekend started and ended with a bang.
After jetting down from New York on Saturday, the designer’s first stop was a visit to the White House with Lee Radziwill, who was named Monday as Armani’s director of public affairs.
“We left half an hour before the shooting,” said Radziwill, referring to the incident in which a man opened fire on the White House.
Fortunate timing and a prior commitment had Armani en route to the Washington Hilton, where he was one of six honorees at the National Italian American Foundation dinner. Before the dinner, Armani was guest of honor at a cocktail party, also at the Hilton, hosted by Saks Fifth Avenue’s Rose Marie Bravo. He was accompanied by Isabella Rossellini and Radziwill. Saks redid the room with a nod to the designer: Everything — including the flowers — was colored ivory.
At the dinner, Armani told the crowd of 3,000 that Americans have a special place in his heart.
“America,” he said, “was the first country to understand and appreciate my work.”