While most of us are still recovering from New York Fashion Week, Lincoln Center seems to be bouncing back quite nicely. One star-studded party Thursday night was dedicated to iconic designer Valentino Garavani, who emerged from retirement to design and create costumes for three upcoming ballets. To honor the designer, the ballet will be performing George Balanchine's Rubies—because nothing is more Valentino than that signature red. We chatted with event chairmen Giancarlo Giammetti, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Valentino himself about the designer's endless love of the classic art form.
In case you need a brief V 101: Giancarlo Giammetti has been Valentino's longtime business and life partner. His dynamic relationship with Valentino was chronicled in the 2008 documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor, which made us all wish even more that the designer would come out of retirement. So — yes! — Giammetti found Valentino and the ballet to be a perfect fit for a comeback (we agree!), and explained that the choreography is actually planned around the stunning designs. Ahead, read our exclusive interview, dream about rubies, SJP's wardrobe, and you know, all that insane Valentino.
So, the ballet will be performing a piece called Rubies in honor of Valentino and his signature red. How do you two the two compliment each other so perfectly?
"It [the ballet] is something Valentino loves, it's something Valentino admires — the discipline of the dancers. Tonight, he brought haute-couture into the ballet. This was something different for the ballet. It was something different for Valentino. I think they combine very well together."
Photographed by Julie Skarrett
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