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Valentino Bids Au Revoir to Fashion

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KCSPresse / Splash News

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”.