Why We Love Our Job
We spent much of our day locked in our room writing and so we saw a paltry few shows this afternoon: Alberta Ferretti, Gucci, Anna Molinari. We stopped by 10 Corso Como, the famous Milan fashion boutique. We never buy anything here but the store is fascinating because it is filled with all sorts of odds and ends and various design houses create garments specifically for the store. It is a favorite stop among retailers because it provides merchandising inspiration....or so they say. We have yet to visit another store in which treadmills are sold alongside bottles of vintage Krug champagne and trompe l'oeil Martin Margiela sneakers.
After dinner, we headed to the party to celebrate Gucci's 85th anniversary. And while we were certainly impressed that Gucci has been around so long, we were more intrigued by the promise of a performance by singer John Legend. Sometime around 11:30 p.m. John took the stage, along with a bass player and a couple of backup singers. John was dutifully outfitted in Gucci gear.
We may have mentioned that we're extreme John Legend fans and so a seat on a bench just at the foot of the stage was much to our liking. John sang several songs from his upcoming CD which we believe he said would be in stores on Oct. 4, but he mentioned it in a very off-handed way so that it didn't sound like the overt commercial that it was. Hey, a man has to move his merchandise. And, yes, the songs were splendid including one that he said was called "PDA" -- or public displays of affection.
John, we like to believe we're on a first-name basis, also sang a few old songs.The reaction from the crowd was postive but it seems like it would be tough to enjoy his music if you're not fluent in English -- so much of the pleasure is in the words. There was more than a little chattering in the background. We, however, were swooning.
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