Intermingled through the collection were some exquisite black and white ladies who lunch dresses that cried out for a Michelin Three Star restaurant.
For evening, Val varied his pitch from plum line screen goddess columns in pinks, lilacs and yellows, a couple of beautifully over the top Southern Belle flowery gowns with hundreds of ruffles and a stunning final look, a white silk charmeuse column that everyone will want to own, worn by Vodianova.
In a classy gesture, Valentino is giving the Russian supe his last creation so she can auction it for her charity to build playgrounds for kids in provincial Russian cities.
"I'm not sad at all really. I know people expect me to be. One knew this moment would come, but since it was announced I have been touched, and comforted, by the expressions of generosity, kindness, consideration and love from so many people I know," Valentino told FWD, in a tiny, screened off area backstage as several score of TV crews fought for footage.
His retirement comes seven months after private equity Permira won a fraught takeover battle for control of the (VFG), that includes Valentino and , in a deal that valued the house of Valentino at $380 million.