As fashion editor and friend André Leon Talley writes in the introduction of Valentino: At the Emperor's Table, “Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his 40+-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world.”
Beauty and entertaining have long been passions of Valentino. “I am in love with beauty,” he admits in the book’s opening. “I have always loved beautiful objects.”
Though beyond the tangible objets d’art housed in each of his residences, Valentino’s excellence as a host is defined by the warmth and joy he creates for his guests. “When you enter his world, you enter the world of luxury; you enter a rare and opulent, yet warm space,” adds Talley.
The atmosphere evokes the “joy of sharing, and the joy of delivering a magnificent dining experience in a setting of wonder and originality; sharing with family, friends and guests; sharing good conversation that is quite often animated; and sharing beautiful flowers, especially from Valentino’s own gardens,” he continues in his introduction.
Photographed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book invites the reader to enjoy various table settings and recipes specific to each home.
From his ski chalet in Gstaasd and his New York City pied-a-terre to his favorite Chateau de Wideville, a historic chateau outside of Paris, Valentino shares his collection of exquisite decorating masterpieces and recipes.