Bettina’s Take: Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum Launch Party

Sarah Jessica Parker, Valentino

Valentino Garavani is one of the most influential designers of our time. His clothes have been coveted for decades by royalty, movie stars, and beautiful movers and shakers.

If you don't believe me, see for yourself: The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum, is a free downloadable application that takes you through years of designs, events, advertising campaigns, and anything else you want to know about the man, his clothes, and his fabulous life. It's an extraordinary 3-D ride, well worth seeing.

When Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti throw a party, they pull out all the stops, and the celebration in honor of the Virtual Museum was no exception. Held in the Frank Gehry designed IAC building, the creme de la creme of fashion, entertainment, art and society came to pay homage, nibble on an Italian buffet by Sant Ambroeus, dance, and lounge on the white leather sofas.

Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes and Courtney Love all chatted with Garavani, ever the consummate host. The pouring rain couldn't stop Daphne Guinness, Hugh Dancy, Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman, Tamara Mellon, Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman, nor Stefano Tonchi from the trip way west.

Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Sonia Cole and Anne Dexter-Jones heated up the dance floor, as Jennifer Creel and Serena Boardman left to brave the elements.

Chic crowd, wonderful party. Exactly what we've come to expect from Garavani and Giammetti.

Photo: Sarah Jessica Parker with Valentino Garavani