Short of the Empire State Building being lit in greige, Manhattan on Thursday night was all about Giorgio Armani.
Not only did Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicate the day to the designer, but Armani staged the latest of his “One Night Only” multifaced events at the SuperPier at Hudson River Park — all with the intent to entertain some 700 friends, family, loyal Armani clients, editors and some high-caliber celebrities.
The designer was at the company’s Fifth Avenue headquarters amid preparations for the megaevent, which included a showcase of his “Eccentrico” exhibition, a runway show featuring his best Giorgio Armani Privé looks since he started showing haute couture in 2005, as well as his entire “Nude” fall 2013 Privé show.
“One Night Only” and “Eccentrico” are not new ideas. The latter exhibition of unique clothes and accessories was previously shown in Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Rome, though the New York layout has been altered with additions and large photographs of some of the pieces on the walls.