Quintessentially Hosts Valentino


Claire Danes, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino Garavani, Anne Hathaway

We’ve just heard from Stacey Gordon about the fabulous film premiere and dinner that her company, Quintessentially, hosted in New York on March 17th. What an amazingly glamorous evening!

As the person responsible for Quintessentially’s high-end events in San Francisco, Stacey has been to some pretty elegant parties, but this night was the ultimate by anyone’s standards. Just look at this partial list of the guests:

Madonna
Valentino
Gwyneth Paltrow
Claire Danes
Anne Hathaway
Carolina Herrera
Diane von Fursternberg
Martha Stewart
Tinsley Mortimer
Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia
Lynn Wyatt
Gayle King
Zac Posen

The evening began with the premiere of “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” followed by a private dinner at The Oak Room in the iconic Plaza Hotel. Quintessentially, the global luxury lifestyle group we’re always raving about, hosted with the members-only luxury shopping network, Gilt Groupe.


Leanne Simpson, Aaron Simpson, Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Alexis Maybank

Madonna’s appearance at the private dinner (which you probably would have been invited to if you had been a member of Quintessentially – what a perk!) was a complete surprise to the rest of the guests. She was seated next to Valentino, with Gwyneth Paltrow on her other side. And at the same table were Claire Danes, Martha Stewart and Anne Hathaway.

Stacey (who was dressed beautifully for the evening by Ferragamo in San Francisco) tells us that when she met Madonna “I nearly died! She has been my idol since I was 7 years old.”

Fashion icons such as Carolina Herrera and Diane von Furstenberg mingled with Quintessentially Co-Founder Aaron Simpson and wife Leanne as well as Roger Waters, Regis Philbin, Helena Christensen and Karolina Kurkova.

Quintessentially members enjoyed a fabulous dinner with a hand-selected menu by Valentino himself. Who knew dinner and a movie could be so chic!

We are pleased to present thee photos from the evening, which were sent to us immediately after the event ended. Our thanks to Patrick McMullan and Billy Farrell for the images!


Anne Hathaway

Diane von Furstenberg

Erin Fetherston

Georgina Chapman



Gwyneth Paltrow


Helena Christensen

Karolina Kurkova

Leanne Simpson and Aaron Simpson

Lauren Santo Domingo

Poppy Delevingne