The wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West was one for the ages, with such grandiose activities as a rehearsal dinner at the Palace of Versailles where guests were serenaded by none other than Lana Del Rey; a private jet to Florence, Italy where the actual ceremony took place; and a luxe ceremony where Andrea Bocelli sang as Kim walked down the aisle. But one detail that really cemented the wedding as perhaps one of the best/most luxurious more than others was a pre-wedding brunch hosted for the couple by fashion designer Valentino Garavani at his 17th century chateau. Valentino wasn’t linked to Kim or Kanye beforehand, so why he was hosting their brunch was a bit of a mystery. Now, thanks to André Leon Talley, who attended the wedding, we are finally getting the inside scoop on how the soirée came to be.
According to Talley, Valentino met Kim briefly at the Met Ball on May 5. After being impressed with her “respectful" nature, he casually mentioned afterward that he wanted to throw her a lunch for her wedding. No big deal. It’s said that when Kim heard, she gushed, "Oh my god! Valentino! I'd die! Oh my god. Of course I want to have this lunch!” Obviously.
The wedding itself was definitely an exercise in dressing to the nines, and while the brunch had some of the most impressive sartorial choices of the whole weekend, it seems those outfits weren’t as carefully planned out as the rest of the details. They were actually picked up just the day before, Talley reveals, saying that "the whole family went to the Valentino boutique and bought and paid for every single outfit of every single member of the family, including Kim's grandmother. They had full-on Valentino, including Kanye." Also, note: Celebrities actually pay for stuff.
Valentino has thrown many famous parties over the years including one to celebrate his eponymous fashion house’s 45th anniversary in 2007. His flair for entertaining well is being documented in a new coffee-table book “Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table,” which is filled with photos of table settings and Italian recipes, and for which Talley wrote the forward.