The festivities kicked off with a viewing of "Agamemnon" at the ancient Greek amphitheater, followed by dinner in the main square for 250 of the couple's friends. The next evening, they were joined by 600 more guests at Beccaria's restored medieval castle. "This is the perfect setting for the Bonaccorsis — they look like the sweetest dolls," said Margherita Missoni, referring to the designer's daughters, Lucilla, Lucrezia and Luna. Guests including Allegra and Francesca Versace, Pia Miller Getty, Fulvia and Leonardo Ferragamo, Teresa Missoni, Katell Le Bourhis, Miley Zegna, Marta Marzotto, Irina Abramovich and most of Italy's double-barreled and royal surnames, from Bianca d'Aosta Arrivabene and Camilla and Carlo di Borbone to Manfredi della Gherardesca and Fulco Ruffo di Calabria, dined alfresco among rows of candlelit olive trees.
"I really didn't expect all these dear friends to make it down here," said a touched Bonaccorsi. He probably didn't expect holdouts to stay on the dance floor until 6 a.m. either. The next morning, those who could drag themselves from bed returned for a barbecue lunch while the kids played in the pool.
Monday night in Paris, a chic set gathered for a dinner to celebrate Valentino's solo exhibition at Les Arts Decoratifs. "[Valentino] always teases me about my sequins and feathers," Daphne Guinness sighed, smoothing her snug but feather-free Valentino couture dress. Betty Catroux, Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, Georgina Brandolini, Charlotte Casiraghi and crew and Valentino's successor, Alessandra Facchinetti, came to view the exhibit. Claudia Schiffer marveled at the 225 gowns on display. "You could sit there for hours and hours. The detail," she said.
Ditto for Natalia Vodianova: "I'm a girl. I'm weak in front of beautiful dresses."
Miles away in Los Angeles that same night, another Italian house, MaxMara, made its annual splash beginning with a dinner hosted by brand ambassador Nicola Maramotti at nightlife impresario Sam Nazarian's hilltop West Hollywood home. The meal, prepped by "Top Chef" semifinalist Antonia Lofaso, was a precursor to Tuesday night's Crystal + Lucy awards, Women In Film's annual awards gala.