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Roman Holiday

This summer, the biggest ticket of the New York social calendar is not some barefoot, beachside gala in the Hamptons, but rather a trip to Rome for Valentino's 45th anniversary blowout.

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This summer, the biggest ticket of the New York social calendar is not some barefoot, beachside gala in the Hamptons, but rather a trip to Rome for Valentino's 45th anniversary blowout. The festivities kick off Friday with a dinner for those arriving from abroad at the Richard Meier-designed Ara Pacis Museum, where a retrospective of the designer is being staged. Saturday brings the main event: a couture show, followed by a ball in the Parco dei Daini of Villa Borghese. Needless to say, an invitation to said affairs didn't come easy (in fact, word is that one or two were rescinded), so those attending are determined to dress to impress. Lest anything is left at home, Valentino's go-to gal Annelise Peterson stands at the ready. "I carried 35 dresses (20 of them red), 15 pairs of shoes, 10 evening bags and as much undereye cream and concealer as I could legally carry through baggage claim," she says. Here, a few of Val's pals share their own packing lists.

Allison Sarofim

Traveling with: My boyfriend, Stuart Parr.

Transportation: Alitalia — unfortunately, Teterboro is not involved.

Luggage: Chocolate brown Globe-Trotter suitcase.

In her suitcase: As much vintage Valentino as I can find. I have been storming my mother's closet. Also some jeans and Lanvin and Chanel ballerina flats.

Reading material: "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert and "A Much Married Man" by Nicholas Coleridge.

Side trips: I am going to Greece and then to Portofino.

Most eager to see: I can't wait to see Nati Abascal, one of Valentino's original models, who is so full of life and has so many wonderful stories about Mr. Valentino. Santa Sabina is one of my favorite places in Rome. You can see the church through the keyhole. Pretty magical.

Fabiola Beracasa

Traveling with: My mother. Couture has been a long-standing mother-daughter trip for us, and we are both very excited.

Transportation: By plane, 'nuf said.

In her suitcase: I'm packing some light summer dresses and lots of strappy flats and heels (I hear it's 105 in the shade) — Lanvin, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Proenza, Alessandro, Valentino. I always pack way too much as it's such a busy time, and I never know what I'm going to feel like wearing until I'm there. Oh, and also I always snag some couture from my mother's closet to wear to some of the events.
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