A GLITTERING CRESCENT set the theme for the fashion show hosted by haute couture legend Giorgio Armani on Tuesday evening to mark the opening of Armani Hotel Dubai in Burj Khalifa.

The first event in the Armani Ballroom of the hotel, the fashion show put the spotlight on the world of the man – his design inspiration, perspective and execution.

Like the rest of the hotel, the ballroom is also personally designed by Armani, and wears an understated elegance.

And on show, there was none of the flashy colours or loud fashion statements. It was more of a marriage of functionality and fashion – ‘very Armani.’

The show, just over ten minutes and set to a medley of international music with a profusion of Oriental beats and rhythm, was largely a celebration of the ‘minimalist’ approach of Giorgio Armani in fashion.

‘Elegance in muted tones, white and black’ – that could best describe the display of gowns and eveningwear. The clutches and accessories too sported the crescent theme, which was more of a tribute by Armani to his special project in Dubai – the world’s first Armani Hotel.

Armani also did the first-ever rampwalk in the Middle East in conclusion to the show, stepping up halfway to greet Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.

He then joined his models, and freely interacted with guests, in his inimitable manner – courteous and down-to-earth, and patiently posing for photographs.

Armani then joined the guests for a special display of The Dubai Fountain.