OSCAR, MILANO: While celebrities in Los Angeles were gearing up to walk the Academy Awards red carpet, designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana injected a shot of jet-set glamour at a party at their Gold restaurant in Milan to fete the brand’s spring video and ad campaign “La Bella Estate,” shot in Italy’s Portofino resort town. Monica Bellucci, who fronts the ads, was there, as were sisters Bianca and Coco Brandolini D’Adda, Bianca Balti and former model Marpessa.

“This is like an Oscar party or maybe more,” said Helen Mirren. “This is a world I don’t know, so it’s very exciting for me,” she added, referring to the fashion scene.

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“I don’t go crazy for this kind of event but probably it would be fun to go to Los Angeles for the awards,” mused Gabbana, who admitted he was too tired to stay up and watch the Oscars.

Roberto Bolle also was not up for a late night. The dancer said he had an early flight to New York on Monday, as he is starting rehearsals for his upcoming performances with the American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House in May and June. “I’m really happy to go to New York,” said Bolle. “Milan is my town, but New York gives me so much energy and vitality.”

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