Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Valentino, still winning hearts at 75

THEY are two of the world's most beautiful women but Elle Macpherson and Uma Thurman were almost eclipsed by the gowns at the unveiling of legendary designer Valentino's latest collection in Rome.

The Italian designer snubbed the autumn/winter haute couture season in Paris last week to hold his own event at Rome's Temple of Venus.

International followers of fashion were happy to join him in celebrating his 45th year as a designer in the city where he got his start in the industry.

Macpherson and Thurman attended the event along with former model Claudia Schiffer, actress Elizabeth Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar, Vogue's Anna Wintour, The Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway, actor Eva Mendes and soap siren Joan Collins.

While the fashion industry expected the 75-year-old designer to announce his retirement at the event, he managed to keep them all guessing about his plans for the future.

It's now anticipated that Valentino will continue creating gowns until the 50th anniversary of his entry into the fashion world comes around in 2012.Source: The Sun-Herald

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