Valentino, the Roman couturier who invented La Dolce Vita style, said his final "arrivederci" to fashion at the Paris haute couture season last night.
The designer's ultimate couture collection, his 90th in a 45-year career, was shown in a vast white marquee in the grounds of the Musée Rodin, on the Left Bank, before an audience of 900 which included European royalty, Hollywood stars and loyal customers.
Among the front-row guests were King and Queen Constantine of Greece, the actresses Uma Thurman and Lucy Liu, Dame Vivien Duffield, Lady Bamford and a host of fellow designers including Miuccia Prada, Alber Elbaz and Philip Treacy, the London-based milliner who designed Valentino’s hats.
The 74-piece collection was a romantic cavalcade which marked the end of an era and encompassed all of the designer's favourite signatures, referencing the precision tailoring, the graceful silhouettes and the red carpet gowns which led to him dressing, which led to him dressing, over the last four decades, a who's who of international style icons including Jacqueline Kennedy, the former Empress of Iran, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Keira Knightley. READ MORE