An Evening Honoring Valentino Black Tie Gala

An Evening Honoring Valentino Black Tie Gala
A lovely list of fashionables were in attendance for ‘An Evening Honoring Valentino’ black-tie gala at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City on Monday (December 7), where Valentino confections were the dress code of the night, naturally.

Diane Kruger: A sense of noir-inspired mystery was alive and well in the actress’s Valentino Fall 2015 Couture feathered gown, which was intricately embroidered throughout and dramatically elevated by the cape. The statement pendant necklace surprisingly isn’t too far overboard, working with the dark extravagance here. Instead, I would remove the one-earring effect. A Rauwolf box clutch completed the look.

Olivia Palermo: Solemnly sophisticated, Olivia donned a Valentino Fall 2015 black gown embellished in an array of golden geometry for a tapestry-like effect. Needing little in the way of accessories, she complied with a more subdued clutch and a simple, slicked-back ponytail and headband.

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Keira Knightley: Also in an ensemble from the Valentino Fall 2015 Couture collection, she left the hyper embellishment for the others, instead opting for an all-black gown and cape. I’m so glad she removed the rather sombre cape as the one-shoulder gown underneath featured slightly more personality.

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Nicky Hilton: The exact opposite of Keira, Nicky embraced an array of vibrant hues in her Valentino Spring 2016 long-sleeve gown rendered in a slightly tribal, mosaic-style effect. I would have skipped the headband but the baby-blue, red, and marigold hues were a bright, heady rush of colour on this darker, moody red carpet.

Liv Tyler: Following the black theme, Liv wore a Valentino Fall 2015 gown enlivened by a bouquet of mini flora. A pulled-back ’do would have helped the sleekness factor here, given the heavier quality of the dress.

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29 Responses to An Evening Honoring Valentino Black Tie Gala

  1. shaphalf December 10, 2015 at 17:39 #

    I found that there’s been an incredible amount of criticism towards Diane recently. I reckon it might be because she’s set such a high standard that when she falls a bit short, people are disappointed, but I certainly don’t think her style standards have dipped this year at all. I think this a great look for her.

  2. alice December 10, 2015 at 09:14 #

    Diane for BDOTW or even BDOTY!

  3. pinksugar December 9, 2015 at 16:25 #

    Love Diane and Olivia. Both look lovely and sophisticated. Keira should have ditched the coat, it ruined her red carpet presence.

  4. The original AB December 9, 2015 at 14:39 #

    I’m not a fan of any of them.

  5. Aocc December 9, 2015 at 14:01 #

    Diane looks gorgeous, these commenters might as well be blind

  6. Christine December 9, 2015 at 11:08 #

    Diane’s style went downhill. It’s official smh.

    I only like Liv look

  7. Alina December 9, 2015 at 11:06 #

    I refuse to believe that is Diane Kruger.

  8. Yeliz December 9, 2015 at 10:28 #

    Diane looks great and I like Keira’s look without the cape.

  9. claire December 9, 2015 at 09:41 #

    Disagree with the majority here!! I adore these Valentino gowns full of romantic drama! Such a change from all the boring princessy gowns!!! Not surprised the brand is so popular at the moment! My favorite looks on this occasion are Diane and Olivia but the rest of them look good as well!!

    • Thit December 9, 2015 at 09:55 #


    • Marcel December 9, 2015 at 16:34 #

      I so much agree with you.

  10. Cookie December 9, 2015 at 09:22 #

    FC Didn’t Franca Sozzani wear Nicky’s gown some time back? Preferred her in it.

  11. marie December 9, 2015 at 09:17 #

    I think Diane looks pretty great and original making the look her own; the others are either boring or (in Nicky’s case) too busy. Looking at that dress too long makes me dizzy.

  12. fiona-Brasil December 9, 2015 at 09:05 #

    A bunch of uninspired dresses…

  13. Charlotte December 9, 2015 at 09:00 #

    I wish Diane’s hair were up and that she ditched the necklace.
    All this dress are too busy and too heavy for my taste.

  14. Louise December 9, 2015 at 08:48 #

    Wow I am surprised at the comments so far. I think Diane’s dress is spectacular.

    • Thit December 9, 2015 at 09:54 #

      +1 – I completely agree!

    • alvaro_spain December 9, 2015 at 10:41 #


      Very surprised almost nobody likes them. My fave is Diane, too.

  15. Amy December 9, 2015 at 08:22 #

    the truth is Valentino has become an absolute bore red carpet-wise. It’s always the same type of dresses: empire waist or caped gowns. this sad selection reflects that.
    Diane looks okay at best.
    I applaud Nicky for going bright but the dress itself does nothing for her

  16. Phoenix December 9, 2015 at 04:00 #

    These dresses are ugly. So heavy, somber, blah….. Aside from Nicky (whose dress also sucks), they all look like they going to a funeral rather than a gala.

  17. Gemma Rockets December 9, 2015 at 02:04 #

    Whilst these gowns are beautifully embellished and I’m sure hours and hours of work went into them, I’m so tired of the direction Valentino has gone into in the last few years. I find the high necked gowns monastic, verging on prudish. These dresses could all be improved by lowering the necklines and revealing a little more skin.

    Diane’s dress in particular would be vastly improved by removing the net panel across the upper bodice.

    Aside from the gowns, though, everyone looks beautiful.

  18. Caroline December 9, 2015 at 01:20 #

    My favorite here is Olivia, I don’t really like anyone else. Too heavy, all of them. Too much going on.

  19. Vanie December 9, 2015 at 00:55 #

    The best part about this event was NIcky HIlton and TOmmy Hilfiger’s wife both wore the same dress. And in all the pics of them together NIcky looks pissed.
    I wish Diane would have skipped the pendant. Keira without the cape looks lovely.

  20. Meme December 9, 2015 at 00:45 #

    There’s not a single dress here that I would wear without being paid to do so.

    • Lashae December 9, 2015 at 08:02 #


    • justme December 9, 2015 at 14:35 #


  21. Chris December 9, 2015 at 00:41 #

    Diane does look pretty great imo. I’m not completely sure what to think of the gown itself, but Diane does sell it to me.
    Keira is so pretty. The look itself isn’t that exciting, though.

  22. jhh36 December 9, 2015 at 00:39 #

    These are some ugly dresses. I am going to have to assume that they all look better in real life than they do in photographs. Diane Kruger’s dress looks like a costume from the Harry Potter movies that would be worn by someone who could turn into a magical bird.

  23. Dee December 9, 2015 at 00:29 #

    Not liking anyone’s look.

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