Fashion Coffee Table Books| VALENTINO: At The Emperor’s Table

by Charlotte Smith

Books| VALENTINO: At The Emperor’s Table

I hate to admit that I judge people by the books they have in their house.  For me it’s like looking into a person’s soul, you can tell a lot about a person by the books they read. I for one have an eclectic library of my own and love real books, not digital versions.  The next book I want on my Fashion Coffee table is the VALENTINO: At The Emperor’s Table.  I like to entertain too.

Le Buzz for the day is a that Assouline presents VALENTINO: At the Emperor’s Table, a stunning visual and written account that enters the world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani, the emperor not only of fashion but also of l’art de vivre.  Hooked from here on the book already, but wait it get’s better now that I know Mr André Leon Talley, fashion editor and friend wrote the introduction.

Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-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,Fashion Coffee Table Books| VALENTINO: At The Emperor's Table

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.  Great gift, hint hint. In books stores and online this November. A book of 192 pages illustrated with exclusive images, signed Oberto G.

Valentino: at the Emperor’s table is available for purchase at ASSOULINE boutiques worldwide and through

By Valentino Garavani, text by André Leon Talley, photography by Oberto Gili | 10 x 13 in – 26 x 34 cm | 192 pages

220 illustrations | hardcover in a slipcase | ISBN: 9781614282938 | $150 – €100 – £90


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