The prestigious guests included Italian Prime Minster Matteo Renzi. Maestro Zubin Mehta conducted an orchestra to entertain the guests. The venue was lit up in green, red and white, echoing the colours of the Italian national flag. The brand's CEO, Diego Della Valle, officiated at a press conference that unveiled more details of the restoration. 

CHIC CHAT with Diego Della Valle

Was the €25 million well spent?

Yes and for many reasons. I want to send a message to the business community.

Will you be doing more of this?

This programme will be [completed] by the end of next year and afterwards, we'll be looking for others projects to support.

Why is it important to support your cultural heritage?

Because it pays tribute to our roots.

How do culture and art relate to the fashion industry?

Italian style is very close to our DNA.