Garavani given fashionable fete

Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow celebrate film

NEW YORK — It was a party fit for a king at the Plaza’s Oak Room March 17, as fashion designer Valentino Garavani was feted at a fashionable fete for the premiere of “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”

The haute couture icon and his dutiful empresses, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Claire Danes and Anne Hathaway celebrated Matt Tyrnauer‘s documentary that chronicles the designer’s opulent life and fashion career.

No ordinary doc debut, the screening at the MoMA attracted New York’s elite, decked out in designer duds.

Getting into the Oak Room after-party for a braised halibut, ceremonialdinner was no easy feat, even for famous revelers like musician Michael Stipe who had to repeat his name several times to security before being allowed entry.

Once past the gatekeepers, who scanned each patron up and down before granting admission, guests were let into the lavish bash, which appeared recession proof.

Tyrnauer spoke about the grandiose footage in the film, which includes shots of Valentino’s Roman villa, London town house and 152-foot yacht noting, “Even in a time of hardship and despair I think that people want to see beautiful things.”

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