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Book Valentino: At the Emperor's Table - Assouline

Book Valentino: At the Emperor's Table - Assouline

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As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani designs his lunches and dinners, in all his homes, as he has created vivacious crescendos and allegros throughout his career of more than 40 years as one of the greatest haute couture designers and world leaders in haute couture. »

Beauty and entertainment have long been Valentino's passions. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the opening of the book. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” Although beyond the tangible works of art housed in each of his residences, Valentino's excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests.

“When you enter her world, you enter the world of luxury; you enter a sparse and opulent, yet warm space,” adds Talley. The atmosphere evokes “the joy of sharing and the joy of offering a magnificent culinary experience in a setting of wonder and originality; sharing with family, friends and guests; share a good, often lively conversation; and sharing beautiful flowers, especially from Valentino's gardens,” he continues in his introduction.

Photographed by the famous Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book invites the reader to enjoy various table decorations and recipes unique to each house. A flan au chevre can be served on Portuguese porcelain in his ski chalet in Gstaad, while a visit to his home in London reveals a “decorative masterpiece” – says Talley in his text – with a room blue and white porcelain orientalist dining room. The New York City pied-à-terre features “table decorations … limitless in their sophistication,” including Russian dinnerware and ruby-red Irish glass plates. On TM Blue One, customers are served Mediterranean-inspired cuisine on custom sea-themed dinner service sets. “I love sharing the things in my life with my friends,” says Valentino.

Of all these luxury homes, the crown jewel of Valentino's residential repertoire is the Château de Wideville, a historic chateau outside of Paris that is admittedly Valentino's favorite. There, Italian-inspired home cooking dishes, like Milanese risotto, are showcased among his collection of rare Meissen swans. “I love antique porcelain sets, like Meissen, Russian or from PK Selesia, a German company from the 1930s,” he says.

Although regardless of residency or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. “I am very often alone and I enjoy my homes,” says Valentino. “Entertaining thirty or one is the same thing; the food should be on a nice plate. The dream has come true.

Valentino Garavani, often known simply as Valentino, is a legendary fashion designer and master couturier. He founded his eponymous fashion house in Rome in the late 1950s and has since established an illustrious career designing for the world's most glamorous women, from royalty to Hollywood icons, Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and modern muses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway. .

From its beginnings in dress design, Valentino and longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti have built the Valentino brand into an international empire, today one of the most iconic fashion brands in the world, often associated with its color signature, “Valentino Red”. Although Valentino retired from fashion in 2008, he continues to create and follow his passions.

As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.”

Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book's opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.” Though beyond the tangible art objects housed in each of his residences, Valentino's excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests.

“When you enter his world, you enter the world of luxury; you enter a rare and opulent, yet warm space,” adds Talley. The atmosphere evokes the “joy of sharing, and the joy of delivering a magnificent dining experience in a setting of wonder and originality; sharing with family, friends and guests; sharing good conversation that is quite often animated; and sharing beautiful flowers, especially from Valentino's own gardens,” he continues in his introduction.

Photographed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book invites the reader to enjoy various table settings and recipes specific to each home. A flan au chevre may be served on Portuguese porcelain at his ski chalet in Gstaad, while a visit to his home in London reveals a “decorating masterpiece”--says Talley in his text--with an orientalist dining room of blue and white china . The New York City pied-a-terre showcases “table decorations…limitless in their exquisiteness” including Russian dinner-service sets and ruby ​​red Irish glass plates. On TM Blue One, guests are served Mediterranean-inspired cuisine atop custom, seafaring-themed dinner service sets. “I love sharing the things in my life with my friends,” Valentino says.

Among all of these luxurious homes, the crown jewel of Valentino's residential repertoire is the Chateau de Wideville, a historic chateau outside of Paris that is admittedly Valentino's favorite. There, meals of Italian inspired home cooking, such as risotto Milanese, are presented amongst his collection of rare Meissen swans. “I love antique china sets, like Meissen, Russian, or from PK Selesia, a German company from the 1930s” he states.

Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. “I am very often alone and enjoying my houses,” Valentino says. “Entertaining thirty or one is the same; the food has to be on a beautiful plate. The dream came true.”

Valentino Garavani, often known simply as Valentino, is a legendary fashion designer and master couturier. He founded his eponymous fashion house in Rome in the late 1950s and has since established an illustrious career designing for the world's most glamorous women, from royalty to Hollywood icons, including Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and modern-day muses like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway .

From his start designing dresses, Valentino and long-time business partner Giancarlo Giammetti built the Valentino brand into an international empire, now one of the most iconic fashion brands in the world, often associated with his signature color, “Valentino Red”. Though Valentino retired from fashion in 2008, he continues to create and follow his passions.

240 pages
80 illustrations
English language
Released in November 2014
L 10.86 x W 14.25 x D 1.61 inches
Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
ISBN: 9781614282938
6.0 pounds

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