Valentino Bids Au Revoir to Fashion

01/24/2008 at 02:00 PM ET

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With a star-filled audience including Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Blake Lively and a bevy of fashionistas and socialites, the legendary Valentino Garavani took his final stroll down the catwalk last night in Paris. His Spring 2008 Haute Couture collection was filled with his signatures — elegant silhouettes, bows, feathers, lady-like suits and seductive evening gowns. But nothing is more iconic than the designer’s famous red gowns. So after 74 looks came down the runway, the lights at Paris’s Musee Rodin dimmed, and a projection of an endless line of the same model in a red gown appeared on the walls. Then a pause and all 25 models appeared, one after another, on the catwalk in the same long red silk charmeuse gown with an asymmetrical neck. “I totally started to cry — it was so incredible. It was just so special to be here. I felt like I was here for something historic,” Blake Lively confided to PEOPLE following the show. Uma Thurman summed it up when she confided to PEOPLE, “I was so sad to see it end. He’s one of the most elegant designers of our time”.

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Claudia on

I’m really sad. Valentino will always be the best designer in the world. His clothes are simply beautiful.

Anonymous on

I think its a tragedy for fashion,his creations are one of a kind,those beautifull red valentino dresses

Eleanor on

I will miss him so much! He is my favorite designer, he made such gorgeous gowns!

Mila on

I just looket at his Spring 08 couture on Its beyound incredible,its so pretty. Valentino makes women look so elegant.
I am sad he is retiring.

Socialite Dreams on

:-( one of my favorites. Always sad to see the end of an era

Katie on

What a shame. I wish he would mentor another designer who would have his style and then pass the baton onto that person. He is one of my absolutely favorite designers to buy. I even love the wonderful red boxes his shoes and bags come in. He makes everything wonderful, not just gowns.

A little bit of fashion heaven will leave with him. How sad for us.

valentino model on

Its been a pleasure modeling for you, Valentino. We’ll miss you! Ur a genius! Luv Ya!

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Joshua Taylor on

i am saving money for my retirement because i want to enjoy most of my time as an old man.~~,

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