My good friend Charlene invited me to Giancarlo’s book signing at Assouline for his new book “Private.” It was great seeing her and the whole Valentino family! I hadn’t seen them all together in one place for years. I joined Charlene, her gorgeous sons Anthony and Sean, Bruce, Valentino and Giancarlo at the signing and it was packed. Private is an incredible testament to Giancarlo and Valentino’s life, work, friends, and legacy. Amazing book.
After Assouline a small group of us returned to Giancarlo’s elegant penthouse apartment on New York’s upper east side for cocktails and dinner. Dinner was delicious as was the company and the view of the city below. After dessert (I had the pear sorbet and almond cookies) I surprised Valentino and the others with some signed gallery prints I had made for them, images from the years I photographed them in Paris. It was a really special night!
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