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Armani opens boutique in Rome city centre

Stars from the film, music and fashion industries descended on Rome last night to celebrate the opening of a new Armani fashion boutique and exhibition in the city. A-list guests included singer Tina Turner, director Paolo Sorrentino and actress Sophia Loren.

Armani opens boutique in Rome city centre
Giorgio Armani (L). Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP. Via dei Condotti (R) the location of Armani's new boutique. Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP
The star-studded event entitled "One night only Roma" – which included a launch party, an exhibition and catwalk show of Armani designs – was held last night at the Palazzo della Civiltà in EUR, southern Rome.
 
The exhibition, entitled ‘Eccentrico’ (Eccentric), showcased 62 of Giorgio Armani’s most imaginative designs – many of them previously unseen at previous exhibitions.  
 
Described by Italian daily La Stampa as “the eighth king of Rome – even just for one night”,  Armani lavishly praised the city.
 
“Rome may not be sober but it’s the most beautiful in the world,” said the Milanese designer. "I can’t stay here for more than three days – otherwise I wouldn’t be able to return to Milan. ”
 
The opening of the boutique, which is situated in Via Condotti, one of Rome’s most fashionable streets, is regarded as a daring move in difficult economic times.
 
“We entrepreneurs must be the first to show faith [in our country] in these difficult times,” Armani insisted.
 
Emma Bonino, Italy’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs, commented at the event: “Luxury doesn’t feel the effects of the financial crisis because the world’s rich will always exist. And luxury brands earn sufficient amounts in developing countries, where new wealth is growing, for example in Nigeria.”
 
But it’s not all good news for Italy’s fashion giants. Last month, it was reported that both the Armani and Dolce & Gabbana fashion labels had been struck off the Milan fashion week roster because they were not fee-paying members of the National Fashion Chamber.

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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