Valentino: At The Emperor's Table

Recently published by Assouline, "Valentino: At the Emperor's Table" is a stunning new coffee table tome that enters the refined world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

Lensed by renowned Italian photographer Oberto Gili, and organized by residence, this book offers up various table settings and recipes specific to each home. From flan au chèvre served in porcelain in Gstaad to Mediterranean-inspired plates aboard the T.M. Blue One (Valentino's yacht).

As Mr. Valentino's friend Andre Leon Talley writes in the introduction to At the Emperor's Table, "Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners, in all of his homes, the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace throughout his forty-plus-year career as one of the greatest haute couture designers and high-fashion leaders in the world."

T.M. Blue One; Tureen from a reproduction porcelain dinner service set, after an 1820 Torquay design, Staffordshire; tumblers from a set of sixteen Ralph Lauren crystal tumblers with vertical blue stripes.

Though regardless of residence or number of guests, Valentino's commitment to excellence does not waver. "I am very often alone and enjoying my houses," Valentino says. "Entertaining thirty or one is the same; the food has to be on a beautiful plate. The dream came true."

Valentino: at the Emperor's table
By Valentino Garavani, text by André Leon Talley, photographs by Oberto Gili
10¼ x 13½ in – 26 x 34.5 cm | 192 pages | 80 illustrations
Hardcover in a luxury slipcase
$150 - €115 - £95