In September Valentino Garavani (worldwide known simply as Valentino) announced his retirement as head of the fashion empire to which he gave his name. The announcement came just two months after the 73-year-old had celebrated 45 years of activity by filling Rome with a star-studded array of celebrities and royalty from around the world for a lavish three-day event from 6-8 July costing an estimated e10 million. Like a victorious Caesar returning in triumph, Valentino