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Valentino may have retired two years ago, but one wouldn’t know it from the press whirlwind he’s been on the last few months. Case in point: the VBH boutique on Tuesday night, where the designer joined Giancarlo Giammetti and Gwyneth Paltrow for a DVD signing of “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” Matt Tyrnauer’s hit documentary about Valentino’s last year in the fashion business. Alek Wek, Harley Viera-Newton, Gigi Mortimer and Molly Sims were on hand for the fete, from which proceeds benefitted The Robin Hood Foundation.


This story first appeared in the October 29, 2009 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Paltrow didn’t seem ready to brave the cameras for a full-blown feature on her life. “I don’t think I would be an interesting enough subject,” said the actress. “There would be a lot of school runs, a lot of cooking, a lot of talking on the phone, a lot of e-mailing. Not six dogs and ski chalets, sadly,” she said, referencing some of the aspects of Valentino’s life showcased in the film.

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