Last Night's Best Dressed: Valentino's double whammies!

08 July 2010

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Whether perching on the FROW or quaffing champagne at the swankiest of soirees, these celebs on the couture circuit sure know how to nail French chic. Need convincing? Then take a look at this bevvy of beauties who wafted from watching the Valentino catwalk show to getting their boogie on at the spectacular Dinner Party hosted by the retired couturier himself just a few hours later.

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And get this – who needs a red carpet when the setting for last night’s shabang was Valentino’s exquisite gardens in his 17th century Louis VIII chateau (very ladeeda, dahling!)? So without further ado, let’s examine the goods...

After making like a scarlet woman thanks to a vibrant long sleeved shift in Valentino’s signature colour with an extravagant collar and cuffs for the catwalk show (lordy, what a yummy hubby that Hugh Dancy is!), Claire Danes got a tad adventurous at the evening celebrations courtesy of a refreshing nude and neon colour combo on her gown of chiffon tiers. Anyone else being reminded of a multicoloured jellyfish? Er, just us then...

This week’s darling of the FROW, Jessica Alba, stuck to her favourite palette of red and white for yesterday’s double whammy. The actress opted for a similar spring-like ensemble to the one she wore for the Chanel show the previous day with this uber-feminine frock filled with floral appliqués before swapping it for a swooshy floor-sweeper, glammed up by crimson and nude ruffles cascading from the asymmetric neckline. We feel a serious couture girl crush coming on...

Natalia Vodianova’s outfits followed a near-identical pattern to La Alba’s as she too went from gorgeously girlie on the FROW in this strapless nude Valentino dress to sleek and slender in red ruffles for a night of schmoozing on the (terribly fabulous) lawn. How could we possibly fault such a smooth transition? That’s right, we can’t.

Another event hopper was Olivia Palermo who attended the show flaunting more of Valentino’s delicate designs, and boy does she own it! O.P’s sweet-as-pie embroidered Valentino SS '10 mini-dress is just darling but we’re a little concerned by her second choice, which swamps her miniscule frame with all that gushiness. But hey, this is in honour of Valentino – the master of opulent femininity – so we reckon she got away with it.

Never one to skimp on the luxe factor, Elizabeth Hurley reserved her first couture appearance of the season for her old friend – and what a superb customer she is! Here she is giving purple a spin with a dollop of cerise for her catwalk appearance, then switching to a softer lavender tone for her trademark full-length and fabulous style.

Although Blake Lively missed the couture show due to extra filming for the latest Gossip Girl series, she nonetheless threw on her glad rags for the night’s celebrations and who should her party buddy be? None other than Anna Wintour, who was wearing a flower-embroidered Erdem dress. These two are becoming as thick as thieves, especially after cosying up on the Dior and Chanel FROWs this week where Blake even managed to conjure a smile from the straight faced editrix (wonders will never cease!). Surely this triumph signifies some muse-making is a’brewing...

And finally, we’re spotlighting Gwyneth Paltrow, Yasmin Le Bon and Dasha Zukova for making a splash by championing more of the maestro’s ravishing elegance, despite giving the show itself a miss. Spot on, ladies!

- Jessica Vince


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