There are fictional escapes where you curl up with a good novel and then there are fashion escapes where you… curl up with a good fashion book. Giancarlo Giammetti's memoir Private is firmly the latter. As Valentino’s longtime business partner recounts his life — from his early days in Rome to a chance meeting with the designer who would change the course of his life — you're transported to a very dolce vita life, where you pal around with Andy Warhol, dance cheek to cheek with Marisa Berenson and call everyone from Jackie O and Elizabeth Taylor to Madonna and Sophia Loren your extended family. Che meraviglioso, no?

Slideshow, from left: Giancarlo Giammetti, left, and Valentino; Andy Warhol and Elton John at Club Sept, Paris, in the Seventies; Giancarlo on vacation with Valentino, St. Tropez, 1963; Private by Giancarlo Giammetti, from Assouline