Valentino New York City Ballet Fall Gala

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NYC's Ballet Gala - Who looked better in Valentino, the dancers or the guests? 

This past week the New York City Ballet held its annual Fall gala at the Lincoln Center, this year in honor of designer Valentino Garavani. The evening was co-chaired by Valentino’s longtime friend Sarah Jessica Parker and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Valentino designed costumes for three of the gala’s performances, “Rubies” by George Balanchine, an ode to the label’s signature red, “Not My Girl,” “This Bitter Earth,” and the world premiere of “Bal de Couture,” choreographed by the City Ballet’s master in chief, Peter Martins. 
VALENTINO NEW YORK CITY BALLET FALL GALA 2012

After the performance, Valentino was honored both in a short film, following the designer’s preparations of the costumes, and then afterwards onstage. Sarah Jessica Parker initiated the collaboration between the designer and the ballet, hoping to attract a younger generation of ballet patrons and fashion enthusiasts. At the gala, she hinted to Vanity Fair that, “next year it will be three American designers that are part of New York Fashion Week,” who will take part in the gala, but she refused to give names. This is the second ballet that Valentino has designed for since his retirement from his eponymous house in 2008. He said in the gala’s program, “Ballet speaks to me because of the romance I see in it. I realize the dancers do so much to be perfect, and in high fashion. I always wanted perfection.” Some of Valentino’s biggest celebrity supporters were in attendance, decked out, of course, in the designer’s pieces, including guests like Anne Hathaway, Daphne Guinness, Barbara Walters, Angelica Houston, Karolina Kurkova and Iman. The diverse group of women who came out to honor Valentino just goes to prove that there is a universality in Valentino’s designs that transcends age, personal style, and background, and simply speaks to every woman’s appreciation of beauty. 

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—by Emily Kirkpatrick


Photos: FB New York City Ballet

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