The Last Emperor Celebrates With More Than New Clothes

by GLORIA SUHR · October 28, 2009

Bruce Hoeksema, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino Garavani, Alek Wek [Bruce Hoeksema, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino Garavani, Alek Wek All photos by JOE SCHILDHORN for PMc]. Who says ex co-workers can't stay friends? Last night, former Valentino president and VBH founder V. Bruce Hoeksema along with the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a cocktail party for "Valentino: The Last Emperor" and the movie's namesake star.

More story and photos below... The docu-movie follows the famed label's eponymous designer during his last runway collection season. Along with the in's and out's of his professional life, viewers get a private glimpse into the designer's personal life including exchanges with his longtime partner (who is apparently not fond of Valentino's current level of orangina tan, as expressed in the film). Both fashion and New York royalty turned it out for the event, not to mention true regality, with the likes of Princess Rosario Nadal, Hamish Bowles, Brian Atwood, Molly Sims, Daphne Guinness, Alek Wek, Gigi Mortimer, Vanity Fair head honcho Graydon Carter, Erin Featherston, Olivia Palermo, and Michelle Trachtenberg to name a few.

Bruce Hoeksema, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino Garavani, Alek Wek Bruce Hoeksema, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino Garavani, Alek Wek

Matt Tyrnauer, Daphne Guiness, Bruce Hoeksema, Valentino Garavani Matt Tyrnauer, Daphne Guiness, Bruce Hoeksema, Valentino Garavani

Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl Charlotte Sarkozy, Linda Wells, Shala Monroque Olivia Palermo, Johannes Huebl Charlotte Sarkozy, Linda Wells, Shala Monroque

Erin Featherston Anja Rubik, Sasha Knezavic Erin Featherston Anja Rubik, Sasha Knezavic

Graydon Carter, Anna Scott Carter Michelle Trachtenberg Graydon Carter, Anna Scott Carter Michelle Trachtenberg

Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino Garavani Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino Garavani

Molly Sims Lori Baker, Berthil Espegren Molly Sims Lori Baker, Berthil Espegren

Alek Wek, Bruce Hoeksema Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos Alek Wek, Bruce Hoeksema Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos

Brian Atwood, Bianca Barnhill Valesca Guerrand Hermes Brian Atwood, Bianca Barnhill Valesca Guerrand Hermes

Hamish Bowles Zani Gugelmann, Carlos Souza Hamish Bowles Zani Gugelmann, Carlos Souza

Bruce Hoeksema, Gigi Mortimer, Jennifer Creel Bruce Hoeksema, Gigi Mortimer, Jennifer Creel

Giancarlo Giammetti, Princess Rosario Nadal, Valentino Garavani, Bruce Hoeksema Giancarlo Giammetti, Princess Rosario Nadal, Valentino Garavani, Bruce Hoeksema

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