We wound our way through rooms filled with Valentino gowns on mannequins,
Valentino sketches and flat screen TV’s that were showing clips from Valentino: The Last Emperor, the documentary on Valentino’s life. That’s About.com’s celebrity style editor in front of the TV’s sipping prosecco.
The party itself was in a cordoned off area outside the north side of the Grace building. The night was gorgeous, there was a live jazz band playing and the crowd was dressed to kill (some more successfully than others! Looking at you woman in Hollywood-esque pink purse with a bow and matching shoes). We were hoping to spot Rihanna, who was rumored to be a guest, but no luck. We did see the man himself, Valentino (tan as always), who arrived for the Samsung presentation and left promptly afterwards. Our heart skipped a beat when we spied tiny Christian Siriano. We were also excited to see Vivica Fox and ANTM’s Nigel Barker (hotter in person!) and Jaslene (exotic and sexy and super skinny). We were less excited to see Rachel Zoe (in the highest heels we’ve ever seen), ANTM’s CariDee and folks from The Real Housewives of New York City.
You can check out the exhibit for yourself from today through September 10 from noon until 8 pm at the Grace Builiding (1114 Sixth Avenue at 43rd Street), before it heads off to London for that city’s fashion week. Admission is free.
Liv Tyler and Valentino photo courtesy of Zimbio.com