Being a good host may come naturally to some, but in truth, it’s also a lifelong study. As a frequent entertainer, I’m always pushing myself to do things bigger and better. It’s all too easy to obsess over details and forget the golden rule of a good party: The host has to have fun, too.
You probably know Valentino Garavani for his stunning red-carpet gowns. His brand epitomizes luxury, style, and craftsmanship -- and so does Valentino himself. The man loves a party, and anyone lucky enough to snag an invite to one of his is in for a treat. I’ve witnessed the magic firsthand at his Chateau de Wideville, just outside Paris. When a stint in the bathroom line found me waiting between Roman Polanski and Princess Caroline of Monaco, I knew I was in for a memorable night.
Valentino is an icon. But first (and even more beautifully), he’s a man -- a welcoming Italian host who revels in food, flowers, people, and the thrill of bringing them together. There’s nothing unrelatable about that -- and anyone who values a life well lived can find something here to love.