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January 01, 2015 |  234 Views
Entertaining Do's and Don'ts From The Illustrious Mr. Valentino Himself
Conversational tips from his new book Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table
By Cocktail Culture Staff

Seated above New York’s Midtown East in Giancarlo Giammetti's breathtakingly gorgeous penthouse (with views to match), Mr. Valentino and Andre Leon Talley hosted a teatime chat Wednesday afternoon regarding the latest tome from the famously refined designer. Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table is a gorgeous collection of photographs of Mr. Valentino's personal parties and tabletops throughout the years and favorite recipes from his personal chefs. Between nostalgic memories about fêtes he threw for the likes of Jackie O and Elizabeth Taylor (and from Capri to Gstaad to Rome), Mr. Valentino offered up his rules for l’arte de vivre

 

Rule #1: "The people in the room are as important as the chairs they’re sitting on or as the food they’re eating." 

 

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Rule #2: "My tables today, they are most like one of my dresses, I try to put in detail. Because I love objects, I love to put flowers, I love to put mint, chocolate, everything on them. And I go around to see what’s going on in my house, the objects, the things and I put it everywhere."

 

 

Courtesy Assouline

 

Rule #3:  "I love color. And this comes from my fashion designer career. For instance, if you ask me which kind of tablecloth I want to put in a table, I never like so much the white tablecloth. I love the colored ones, because china is very beautiful on top of pale yellow, dusty pink, pale blue and jade green color."

 

Rule #4:  "At my right, I always put the oldest person if she’s a lady. Or the oldest friend."

 

Rule #5:  "The American couple…they always want to be together. That is not nice. You have to make conversation."

 

Rule #6:  "I send always flowers to thank my hosts. But I prefer when people come with nothing, because I never know where to put it. Not because I am a snob, but because sometimes maybe they buy something that doesn’t go."

 

Courtesy Assouline

 

 

 

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