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DESIGNER'S BASH DOUBLES AS AWARDS CEREMONY

Opera star Placido Domingo, actress-singer Bette Midler and "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin sang "Happy Anniversary" to Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani, who's celebrating his 30th year in business.

Tuesday night's gala bash in New York also doubled as an awards ceremony. Valentino used the occasion to present his first annual Rose of Life awards to honor humanitarian contributions.Domingo, Midler and Franklin were among the recipients of the award, a gold rose.

Actress-model Brooke Shields accepted for Elizabeth Taylor, who couldn't make it. Actor Tim Robbins accepted the award on behalf of Magic Johnson. Audrey Hepburn was another absentee, but movie star Sophia Loren came in person to claim hers.