A TALL ORDER: It’s a good thing the front row at a fashion show offers lots of legroom. Among the towering figures expected at Valentino’s swan song couture show in Paris Wednesday night are Uma Thurman and Gwyneth Paltrow, plus five models also gifted in the vertical department: Nadja Auermann, Claudia Schiffer, Karolina Kurkova, Eva Herzigova and Karen Mulder. Also expected at the farewell show, to be staged in a tent in the Rodin Museum, are about 100 Valentino employees who are flying in to bid farewell to the Roman couturier. Last week, all the seamstresses in the couture atelier had their portraits taken with the designer - framed to take home for posterity.
Meanwhile, Valentino won’t be staying still once he hangs up his scissors. He’s heading to Brazil for Carnival to celebrate the birthday of longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti and also to Russia for a charity event headed by model Natalia Vodianova.
THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL: Leave it to Giorgio Armani - who had Beyonce, Jay-Z, Kelly Rowland and Ludacris at his men’s shows in Milan last week - to keep the celebrity ball rolling. Among the bold-faced names expected at his Armani Privé couture show Monday night are Hilary Swank, Ellen Pompeo from “Grey’s Anatomy” and up-and-coming British actress Rebecca Hall.
POETRY IN MOTION: Author and former model Sophie Dahl has been taking in Men’s Fashion Week in Paris as a writing assignment for Men’s Vogue. Although she declined to give her impressions, saving those for the article, she said she’s accustomed to borrowing from the boys. “I love a man’s shirt to wear with a pair of pants and a nice big cardigan,” she said.