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Rodeo Drive honors Valentino -- and he honors the street

April 5, 2009 |  4:36 pm
Less than 12 hours after the Costume Council feted him at a dinner a few blocks away (and that following a screening of a documentary about him), legendary -- and recently retired -- fashion designer Valentino Garavani was back at the lectern, this time at the foot of Via Rodeo in Beverly Hills for the unveiling of a Rodeo Drive Walk of Style plaque in his honor.

The 13th person to receive the honor in the last six years (previous recipients were designers Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gianni and Donatella Versace, James Galanos and Manolo Blahnik, photographers Herb Ritts and Mario Testino, and costume designers Edith Head, James Acheson and Milena Canonero), the gold-colored plaque bearing his name is expected to be installed in the sidewalk somewhere in the 300 block of North Rodeo Drive within the next month.

“I am completely drunk on compliments,” he told the crowd, after being introduced by actress Anne Hathaway. "Today this street is the most important fashion street in the world. It's an honor for me to have this plaque in this beautiful place. My mother always said I was walking in the clouds, now you can say people are walking on me."

Read the rest of the story here.

--Adam Tschorn