Celebrities @ Valentino's Three Day Ball

  1. The invitation said to paint the town red.

    And dressed in the designer Valentino's signature vermillion, a host of glamorous celebrities and fashionistas did not disappoint. Sienna Miller stole the show in a sexy scarlet dress to become a real-life "Lady in Red" for the night.

    The 25-year-old British star has been blamed for the break-up of American rapper P Diddy's long-term relationship with the model Kim Porter, the mother of his three children.
    According to reports in the U.S., 36-year-old Miss Porter has moved out of the couple's New York apartment following rumours concerning the nature of Diddy and Miss Miller's friendship.
    Stars including Sarah Jessica Parker and Uma Thurman were among 1,000 guests invited to a three-day extravaganza to mark Valentino's 45th anniversary in the fashion industry.
    Joan Collins and model Claudia Schiffer also took the opportunity to dazzle in the designer's favoured red sweeping gowns.
    Miss Miller's sheath dress erupted in a flurry of red feathers while Miss Collins opted for a sleeker column dress with floor-length feathered sleeves and Miss Schiffer went for a revealing number. The extravagant event was a reminder of the decadence which has marked Valentino's career since he dressed the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Onassis in the 1960s

    Rome came to a standstill as hundreds of glitterati from the worlds of fashion and showbusiness swept into town to pay tribute to his creations.
    The bash kicked off on Friday with a gala dinner in the 2nd century Temple of Venus in the shadow of the Colosseum.

    Valentino, 75, spent a reported £135,000 restoring the ancient monument built by the Emperor Hadrian and flew in royal florist Rob Van Helden from London to bedeck columns with garlands of flowers. He also launched an exhibition of his creations in the city's Ara Pacis museum with examples of his coveted designs showcased behind bulletproof glass

    Visitors were greeted by a giant red glass cube encasing one of his earlier dresses, then led along a walkway featuring 300 of his designs in red, black and white on mannequins.
    The collection included sequined and ruffled gowns worn by the likes of Audrey Hepburn after Valentino opened his first boutique in Rome in the 1960s.
    On Saturday a 1,000-strong audience watched him unveil his latest collection of 61 outfits in the medieval Santo Spirito in Sassia church near the Vatican.
    The opulent bash continued with a lavish party in the grounds of historic Villa Borghese and the launch of his new perfume, Rock'n'Rose Couture.
    Valentino, who shunned the more traditional setting of Paris for his show, said: "For my Roman comeback I have done the essence of my couture - glamorous, glamorous, glamorous." Miss Thurman said: "His dresses are so elegant and feminine. They are a pleasure and a privilege to wear."

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    Lady in red: Sienna Miller arrives at the Valentino ball
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    Actress Uma Thurman arrives at the Ara Pacis for Valentino's Exhibtion (left) and at the ball the following evening (right)
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    Sarah Jessica Parker shows off three different outfits in just two days
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  6. Tamara Beckwith with Giorgio Veroni

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    Lynn Wyatt & Uma
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    Natalia Vodianova with Justin Portman
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