03/28/2008 02:44 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Valentino Prepares For Star-Studded Party Of A Lifetime

Giancarlo Giammetti fretted over the seating chart for tomorrow's luminous gala dinner in Rome to celebrate Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

Across from the Colosseum, an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love, has been partially rebuilt in Mr. Garavani's honor. An arena-size tent has been put up in the Villa Borghese gardens to host a dinner and ball on Saturday night for more than 1,000 guests. A fleet of chauffeured cars will shuttle guests through the narrow streets of Rome.

"Who do I put there? Mick Jagger or Uma Thurman or Sarah Jessica Parker?" Mr. Giammetti asked out loud.

Two of the dinner's most anticipated guests, actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep, had just canceled, upsetting the careful seating arrangements Mr. Giammetti had been preparing for weeks.

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