Leather and lace were aplenty on Tuesday night as Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli celebrated Valentino’s new Rodeo Drive boutique and its 50th anniversary capsule collection with a celeb-heavy cocktail party followed by a dinner at Sunset Tower in West Hollywood.
The multigenerational mix included Betsy Bloomingdale and Peggy Moffitt, as well as Kim Kardashian, Gia Coppola and 15-year-old “The Hunger Games” star Isabelle Fuhrman, who proved as big a booster of the film as the fans she chatted up. “I’ve seen it five times,” the young actress said. Apparently her first fashion fete was on par with being part of a blockbuster film.
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“This is her first store party, so it’s really exciting for her,” said her mother, Elina.
A few attendees took time from celebrating to assess the wares.
“It’s timeless and fresh at the same time, and that’s hard to do,” said co-hostess Nicky Hilton.
“I’d call it feminine yet strong and confident,” offered Minka Kelly.
“Animal prints and studs are two of my favorite things, so I’m pretty much in heaven right now,” said “Revenge” star Ashley Madekwe of the capsule collection.
Even those who didn’t do any shopping got a welcome present, a studded rubber bracelet. “I’ll be happy even if this is all I go home with,” said Monet Mazur.
Most guests made a night of it, taking the short drive to Sunset Tower for the dinner party, which included a few more young people absent at the store, such as Jonah Hill, and a strong showing of notable offspring that included Max Winkler, Sasha Spielberg, Zelda Williams, Shane Lynch, Sonja Kinski and Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor.
While others noshed on the buffet, Piccioli danced as Ciara and Chiuri smoked an electric cigarette.
“It feels very Italian,” observed Abigail Spencer.