Every now and again, a party comes along that really blows your cashmere socks off. Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani – better known simply as Valentino – threw just such a bash in July 07... for three days! And we provided the main attraction... Annie Lennox, who performed a 4 song set on the piano as 1100 guests finished dinner at a gala ball at the Villa Borghese, Rome.
Italy’s king of glamour was celebrating 45 years as a couturier and, although it wasn’t official at the time, his retirement. As if that wasn’t enough, a retrospective of his designs opened at the Ara Pacis museum in Rome, and the anniversary was marked by a perfume launch.
Supermodels, actors, royalty and musicians from the past four decades arrived to pay homage to their dressmaker. The guest list included Uma Thurman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claudia Schiffer, Marisa Berenson, Sienna Miller, Joan Collins, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Hudson and Elle McPherson. But it was the presence of fellow designers Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Philip Treacy, Karl Lagerfeld and Donatella Versace that gave evidence of the esteem in which he is held by the fashion industry.