COMING SOON: Although Valentino officially retired six years ago, his working ways show no signs of letting up. The designer will be back in New York Nov. 18 for a 92Y chat with Fern Mallis.
Scheduled to coordinate with next month’s release of his new book about entertaining “Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table,” his interview will also delve into such subjects as the state of haute couture and celebrity designers. While his new tome is high on his list for topics to be discussed, Mallis vowed to dig deeper into his 82-year life. For a little extra reconaissance, shes plans to meet with the designer for an espresso once he arrives in Manhattan. “I will ask my proverbial question, which is, “Is anything off-limits?’ and if so, I won’t go there.” she said.
And many Stateside fans don’t just associate him with having undeniable style and A-list friends. “Since he is one of these people who has put out an extraordinary documentary about his life, he is not such a foreign commodity,” said Mallis referring to Matt Tyrnauer’s 2008 film “Valentino The Last Emperor. “Many American people know him to be a charming man with an incredible career.”