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Although it was only a few hours after his own couture runway show — and although his 100 dinner guests included Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Ford, Rosario of Bulgaria, Julio Mario and Beatrice Santo Domingo, Ira von Furstenberg and Ines Sastre — Valentino looked as relaxed and rested as if he were on a long summer holiday.
“You think after so many years in fashion I’m going to be hysterical?” he said with a wink. “Life is too complicated to always be stressed.”
Apparently houseguest Blythe Danner, who was staying there with her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, also fell under the enchanted chateau’s stress-free spell.
“Yesterday, I fell asleep in front of that fabulous lavender garden,” she said during dinner in a tent behind the chateau. “I haven’t done that since I was 5 years old.”
She might have slumbered like a child — but apparently the sight of a houseguest laying prostrate in the garden terrified a gardener. He dashed to the house in alarm, afraid that Danner “was not feeling so well,” as Carlos Souza delicately put it.
But to the contrary — after dinner, Danner was on her feet and dancing alongside her daughter, near where Suzanne Saperstein was dancing with her daughter, Alexis.
Giancarlo Giammetti snapped photos of it all, with a digital camera that made a sound approximating the click of a shutter.
“Why does it make that noise?” asked Tamara Beckwith, imitating it with a lip-smacking kiss.
“Sexy,” purred Giammetti.
Meanwhile, Bruce Hoeksema lead a tour of the house, as a gaggle of New York girls, including Marjorie Raein, Jennifer Creel and Lillian von Stauffenberg, oohed and aahed over the lavish trappings.