Saturday, September 07, 2013
Couture Knightley: Actress Keira Knightly and her recently-wed British musician husband James Righton at the Valentino Vall, Palazzo Volpi 2013 Venice Film Festival

This past Wednesday night was the "Valentino Ball", a party to celebrate the 70th Venice Film Festival. The bash was hosted by Valentino's creative directors/designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.  The grand affair dates back to 1932 when Count Giuseppe Volpi di Misurata, also the founder of the Venice International Film Festival, threw the inaugural ball in...

 The Volpi Palazzo

The annual bash was held until the late eighties (naturally!) and then it ceased to happen. But this year, Chiuri and Piccioli resurrected the grand ball to highlight elegance, the grand palazzo and of course, the Valentino Empire.

Knightley wore a gold leaf applique-over-black silk organza gown from Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2013 collection (above). She pretty much wore it as it was shown on the runway --transparency and undergarments showing. This gown (if ordered) costs around $100,000.

Knightley's husband was seen at the Venice Airport carrying the garment bags that held the gown. Let's just hope, he took great care...

Also there, wearing Valentino of course were...

Diane Kruger in Valentino Resort 2014--Actress Diane Kruger showed up with her hubby, Joshua Jackson, wearing a pink and nude sequined applique tulle gown from Valentino Resort 2014 collection. The gown had some hidden side-seam pockets, as you can see from the photo of Diane.

Golshifteh Farahani in Valentino Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013--Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani (she lives in Paris, France) attended and wore a beautiful creme silk organza applique high-neck gown from Valentino Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013 collection. The original gown features a convertible shirt collar but for Golshifteh, it was removed and made into a mock-neck.

 Valentino Creative Directors Pierpaolo Piccioli (left) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (right) with Italian film director and screenwriter Pappi Corsicato (center)--Valention Ball Palazzo Volpi


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