Everyone who has a particular passion for fashion knows who Valentino Garavani is. The designer has successfully combined the couture of Paris and Italy together, using French embroidery along with Italian fabrics and workmanship. He has established himself as one of the greatest designers, with a very beautiful and feminine style. Also, many of the beautiful and famous women of the world were dressed by Valentino, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis, Joan Collins, Princess Grace of Monaco, Gloria Guinness, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. With all his success, Valentino is able to maintain homes around the world, including villas in Spain, France, and Switzerland. These homes are filled with art, which he avidly collects. Want to see inside the designer’s Paris château? Take a look.
Valentino and his associate Giancarlo Giammetti have been known for the decoration of their homes around the world which have all been extensively featured in fashion and decor magazines such as Vogue Living, Architectural Digest etc. One of their most wanted homes is The Château de Wideville: a castle in the communes of Crespières – Davron near Paris, France.
A 17th-century residence outside Paris, Château of Wideville was built by Louis XIII’s finance minister and later home to one of Louis XIV’s mistresses.
The castle comprises 280-acre gardens designed by Wirtz International, a pigeonnier tower, a pavilion containing a shell grotto, a building housing the archives of Valentino Garavani Archives. The château stairway is flanked by stone dogs carved in the 17th century by the French artist Jacques Sarazin.
Valentino acquired the eight-bedroom château in 1995 and together with Henri Samuel gave it an Asian-inspired home decor. “We did every room together,” Valentino says of their work, which was completed the following year, two months before the nonagenarian Samuel died. “I am quite particular and love to put my nose everywhere. Even if I admire the decorator, I have to say my opinion.”
Since Valentino retired from his eponymous firm in 2008, he spends several months each year at Wideville and entertains there with panache. Also, Valentino always organizes a theme party at the castle during the fashion weeks in Paris. A beautiful way to celebrate these interiors.
Valentino’s favorite spot on the estate, he reveals, is the château’s winter garden, a multipurpose chamber furnished largely au chinois. Do you agree?
Source: Architectural Digest.