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04.24.2014
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Midsummer Night’s Dream

Valentino threw this season’s to-die-for party after his couture show last week at his Chateau de Wideville. Here are the details.

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What’s couture week without a to-die-for party? This season it was Valentino who obliged, when he opened the wrought-iron gates of his magnificent Chateau de Wideville near Versailles on Wednesday night.

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.
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