Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn Fete Valentino's Wedding-Inspired Fashion Show
The event, entitled Sala Bianca 945, featured 47 looks that paid homage to the designer's 1962 white collection from which Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose her wedding dress to marry Aristotle Onassis
Though the interactive works of artist Piero Fornasetti were flown in from Italy and installed in the currently vacant Whitney Museum of Art — it was the spectacle of ornately detailed Valentino gowns guests wore to the label’s five hour-long exhibit, fashion show and dinner soiree Wednesday night that were most difficult to look away from. Held in celebration of the Fifth Avenue flagship store opening, the three-floor event was sprinkled with a mix of fashion elite and celebrities who slipped into a breathtaking array of lace, sequined, feather and bead-embellished silhouettes.
"I think it’s really amazing to have the collaboration between art and fashion tonight, and I love Mr. Valentino," actress Katie Holmes said as she entered a room filled with 2-dimensional arms that dangled from the ceiling.
"I love a good fashion show and there’s going to be one tonight," Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas noted before moving downstairs where Ben Stiller, Olivia Munn, Emma Roberts, Jaime King, Haley Bennett, James Marsden, Sofia Coppola and Valentino Garavani himself got a front-row look at an exclusive haute couture collection designed by creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccoli.
VALENTINO LADIES: Emma Roberts (left), Jaime King and Olivia Munn
Entitled Sala Bianca 945, the 47-look show included stunning organza gowns and cashmere capes that paid homage to Garavani's 1962 white collection from which Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis chose her wedding dress for her marriage to Aristotle Onassis. White is "a way to see things better, enhancing the visibility of the craft," the fashion house wrote in a statement.
And in true Valentino form, it was attention to the most minute details that helped shaped the show and its after party (two flights up) into such an enthralling evening. Before brit-rock band Skunk Anansie performed on a stage whose checkered backdrop mimicked textiles from the collection, treys of caviar amuse-bouche, bite-size pistachio-covered foi gras, and cocktails like pomegranate manhattans circulated throughout the white peony-accented, cream-carpet covered lounge.
"The brand just has incredible attention to details and tailoring. And it was just so evident in the collection tonight," supermodel Karolina Kurkova, who wore a Frida Kahlo-inspired look from the resort collection, said. "That second to last dress — if I was nominated for an Oscar, that’s what I’d be wearing on the red carpet!"