Monday 18th September

| BY Richard Gray

Emporio Armani: Ready-to-Wear SS18

Stream these films immediately: Mystic Pizza, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink. Tragi-excellent American high school films celebrating simpler times, where girls dressed up in shiny hi-tops and bombers to flirt with boys in sporty cars. More of this later.

Mr Giorgio Armani is in town, a self-confessed Londonite and staying at The Beaumont hotel. Spot him in Idea books buying the rare first editions that you can’t afford or pouring over choice pieces of architectural salvage at Lasco – he’s got houses to fill! The reason he’s in town? Not shopping! Showing! His new spring Emporio Armani offerings here at Tobacco Dock, Wapping. Yes, Wapping has never been so chic.

On the frow? Anna (as in Wintour), Edward (as in Enninful) Liam (as in One Direction / Cheryl’s baby-father). The clothes? Pastel confections that ran the chiffon gamut of sports-luxe to she-boss suiting to cricket knits. Add some sparkly trainers into the mix and some gorgey straw boaters via a punt down the Cam and all the above ’80s films and you’re there. Spotted backstage: everyone and his fashionable dog there to congratulate the style maestro on his made-for-London wardrobe.

At the point of writing this, the afterparty was only just beginning. Rumours of ’80s band A-ha making a surprise performance were swirling. For cool types high on nostalgia and champagne it doesn’t get any better. Chin chin.

Photographs by Jason Lloyd Evans