Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Valentino says goodbye with flowers


PARIS: With vestal white dresses on the runway and a phalanx of his iconic red dresses projected on the sides of a giant tent, Valentino bowed out of fashion on Wednesday with an ovation of bravos but few tears, as the designer himself set the happy tone by waving to the audience as he took his bow.

But like a chorus in a Greek tragedy, Valentino's friends and clients, who gathered at the Rodin Museum for the couturier's last and final curtain, started their comments with a single phrase: "It's the end of an era," they all said.

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