Backstage at Valentino, Pierpaolo Piccioli Shares a New Definition of Romance

Who says romance has to be fragile and delicate? This season’s Valentino show laid down a blueprint for a new, stronger kind of femininity, one that is bound to influence fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. in 2018 and beyond. There were minimal gowns in shades of cerulean, blush, and mint; enormous florals in silk, sequins, and brocades; scallop-edge dressesA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). over pantspants are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses).; and fresh ideas for tailoring. “I wanted to turn the stereotypes of romanticism,” creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli told Vogue before the show. “I think you can be gentle and assertive at the same time. Today, the real challenge is to be yourself.”

We think ?a woman of ?any taste ?could find something here that would make her feel like the best version of herself. Piccioli gave us an exclusive glimpse of how it all came together before the show on Sunday; watch the video above, then read Sarah Mower’s review.

source:https://www.vogue.com/article/valentino-fall-2018-pierpaolo-piccioli-behind-the-scenes-video

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Paris Jackson Lights Up Her First Film Premiere in Valentino

Paris Jackson’s star is rising. She appears in her first movie, Gringo, alongside heavyweights like Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried, and for last night’s premiere in L.A., Jackson chose a look that reflected her new status. Her black gown from Valentino with a snake curving up its neckline sprojected the elegance of old Hollywood. She kept things simple elsewhere with her slicked-back, oversized hoop earringsAn earring is a piece of jewellery attached to the ear via a piercing in the earlobe or another external part of the ear (except in the case of clip earrings, which clip onto the lobe). Earrings are worn by both sexes, although more common among women, and have been used by different civilizations in different times., and a plum-stained pout, offering a departure from the bombshell vibe of her Oscar-night Versace dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). and the hippie chic of her off-duty wardrobeA wardrobe is a standing closet used for storing clothes.The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with closets and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly..

Of course, Jackson’s foray into classic fashion doesn’t mean she’s lost her inner rock chick. She let her personality show beneath the layers of tulle and embroidery, from her visible tattoos to her now-signature beaded bracelets. Enjoying the night out with her co-stars and her big brother Prince, she marked the next chapter of her career in style.

source: https://www.vogue.com/article/paris-jackson-valentino-gringo-hollywood-premiere

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SPRING 2018 READY-TO-WEAR–Valentino

In the search for a creative way to overcome the Sturm und Drang of this strife-filled time, Pierpaolo Piccioli took Valentino on a space mission. In a manner of speaking, anyway. The Spring collection, he said, had been partly inspired by the perspective of the Apollo moon landing, in which the Earth was photographed from space and revealed in all its natural wonder. By the same token, by psychically hovering over the history of the house, Piccioli discovered something else to appreciate that he’d never gone to before. “I wanted to get back something of the glamour of the ’80s that Mr. Valentino did so well,” he said.

Voilà: being grateful for that which we’re blessed with—a fresh starting point for Spring that mixed clear plastics with sequins, and athleticism with glam and roses. The collection veered away from the familiar visions of Renaissance princesses, but it still played young—curiously, almost into the territory of Helmut Lang’s ’90s NASA-influenced collections, with its pared-away, layered necklines; utility jacketsA jacket is a mid stomach length garment for the upper body. A jacket typically has sleeves, and fastens in the front or slightly on the side. A jacket is generally lighter, tighter-fitting, and less insulating than a coat, which is outerwear. Some jackets are fashionable, while others serve as protective clothing.; a jumpsuit; and lean jeans.

Still, no matter. In its own way, Piccioli’s collection reads as yet another strand in the season’s enabling of the impulses of girls who just want to dress up and go out dancing. Rather than full-on disco flash, there were mini bubble dresses and ultra-shortened translations of Mr. Valentino’s ruffled couture dresses of the ’80s.

Piccioli has his own handwriting and the wonders of Valentino’s inimitable powers in the embroideryEmbroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. at his disposal—the coming together of clear plastic sequins and flowers in a little T-shirt shift dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). at the end was delightful. Strangely, though, this collection was somewhere on the spectrum of all the other designers who are doing disco and glam in ways that look forward by retrieving a past. It’s quite a crowd now: There’s Anthony Vaccarello abbreviating Saint Laurent’s glamour; Alessandro Michele at Gucci with his ’70s Elton John references; Julien Dossena at Paco Rabanne doing space age–meets–’80s disco. Valentino girls still have their purely romantic escape routes (the designer hasn’t abandoned the long, covered-up dresses the label is known for), but Piccioli ticked the boxes of a whole other set of seasonal trends here, too.

source: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2018-ready-to-wear/valentino

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PRE-FALL 2018–Valentino

With a men’s show scheduled for next Wednesday in Paris and an haute couture<span class="woD"Haute couture is the creation of exclusive custom-fitted clothing. Haute couture is high-end fashion that is constructed by hand from start to finish, made from high-quality, expensive, often unusual fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail and finished by the most experienced and capable sewers, often using time-consuming, hand-executed techniques. outing to present the Wednesday after that, Pierpaolo Piccioli was in New York today, showing off his prodigious Valentino Pre-Fall offering at the Institute of Fine Arts. It’s a grand old mansion dating to the days of Millionaires’ Row, but these pictures were shot in Valentino’s Roman atelier, “where everything is born.” Piccioli liked the metaphor. The collection was informed by the house’s past, he explained, but in quite a personal way, with random references: to Valentino Garavani’s 1968 tiger print (among other bold animal motifs), to black-and-white stripesStripe (pattern), a line or band that differs in colour or tone from an adjacent surface. from the ’80s, and to a wave-like logo print that dates to the mid-’70s. “This is a moment about identity and heritage, and how it can be alive today,” he said.

Piccioli has lately created a logo of his own. The letters VLTN appeared all over accessoriesA fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look., including on a clever “paper shopping bag” made from leather. They were even intarsia’d in black on the back of a white mink and appeared in reverse (white-on-black) on a shiny puffer coat made in collaboration with Moncler. Not unlike the Resort collection he showed in New York last May, this one was keyed to the street, with an emphasis on tracksuits and track dresses, but the reliance on branding here was brasher. Piccioli has sidelined the romance of his earliest Valentino outings in favor of an attitude much more hedonistic. Pictures of Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, and Grace Jones in nightclub regalia populated his mood board, and there was certainly no shortage of party dresses, the good majority of them in black with sparkling extras, from crystal rosettes to polka dots in gold lamé. The workmanship at Valentino is peerless, and he’s handled the shift deftly, even if there will be some holdouts for a softer sensibility.

Speaking of, should the #Blackout be over by the time the Oscars roll around in early March, the red tulle gown with heart-shaped ruffles on the skirt would be a sweetly smashing choice for Saoirse Ronan or some other young starlet.

source: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2018/valentino

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FALL 2018 MENSWEAR–Valentino

Pierpaolo Piccioli’s vision of menswearIn clothing, a suit is a set of garments made from the same cloth, usually consisting of at least a jacket and trousers. Lounge suits (also known as business suits when sober in colour and style), which originated in Britain as country wear,are the most common style of Western suit. is one of those state-of-play vantage points on where we’re at with male dress codes. Whereas what’s considered sartorially accepted used to be dictated by the dominant, wealthy, and middle-aged, now it’s the young who are actively influencing their fathers, uncles, and bosses’ generation. Literally, you can read that from the ground up, starting with the general permission to wear trainers with everything, especially if they’re in the on-trend, heavy “dad” shoe genre. Now, the barometer of change is rising into the trouser department. As Piccioli rhetorically put it before the show, “How can a tracksuit become normal?”

When it’s slim and tailored, and almost indistinguishable from men’s skinny pantspants are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses)., is part of his answer. Then add a classy narrow overcoat, a puffer, or parka, and that’s a smoothed cross-generationally, trans-globally understandable template, set right there. “I don’t like fancy territory,” Piccioli said. “I like real.”

Well, it depends on what you call fancy. Piccioli’s narrow silhouettes also comprised some pretty elaborate Italianate appliqué and embroideries of flowers, and abstracted tiger patterns on the backs of flawlessly tailored traditional overcoats. Some of them came studded, DIY-punk style. Piccioli had selected two archival haute couture photographs—womenswear, of course—as inspiration. Both from the late ’60s, they showed a print of a dragon and a tiger. The tiger pattern also came deeply embossed into the surface of one of the Valentino Moncler puffers, a collaboration with the kind of logo co-branding that currently sends collectors wild.

While acknowledging Piccioli’s clever sprinklings of imagery, it would be overstating matters to call it a groundbreaking collection. Rather, it’s one where the designer said he reached back into Italian art history, Picasso’s work, and late-’70s and ’80s music—Adam Ant and The Cure’s Robert Smith included—with the purpose of transmitting the expressive and romantic side of masculinity. “The male wardrobeA wardrobe is a standing closet used for storing clothes.The earliest wardrobe was a chest, and it was not until some degree of luxury was attained in regal palaces and the castles of powerful nobles that separate accommodation was provided for the apparel of the great. The name of wardrobe was then given to a room in which the wall-space was filled with closets and lockers, the drawer being a comparatively modern invention. From these cupboards and lockers the modern wardrobe, with its hanging spaces, sliding shelves and drawers, evolved slowly. is a century of rules,” he reflected, “and I think in the past decades men have changed very fast. They don’t want to be stereotyped anymore.”

source: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2018-menswear/valentino

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SPRING 2018 COUTURE-Valentino

If the skill of squaring circles can be pulled off anywhere in fashion, it ought to be in haute couture—it even sounds like an obscure cutting technique. But here are the apparent irreconcilables: How can a designer toss around operatic shapes, bows, and traditional fantasy, meanwhile convincing a modern woman there’s a way she can approach wearing it? Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino couture solved the contradictions in his opening look: a gloriously puffy yellow-ochre faille coat, shrugged over what looked like Carhartt-brown trousersTrousers (pants in North America and Australia) are an item of clothing worn from the waist to the ankles, covering both legs separately (rather than with cloth extending across both legs as in robes, skirts, and dresses). In the UK the word “pants” generally means underwear and not trousers.Shorts are similar to trousers, but with legs that come down only to around the area of the knee, higher or lower depending on the style of the garment. To distinguish them from shorts, trousers may be called “long trousers” in certain contexts such as school uniform, where tailored shorts may be called “short trousers”, especially in the UK. and a simple white tank—with a giant aquamarine ostrich feather saucer hat floating above. Yes: If you’re a damn cool casual woman, you can come to the couture ball after all.

This Paris haute couture season has been wanting someone to let loose with feathers and wildly clashing colors and an unfettered sense of fantasia, albeit without going down any tiresomely stereotyped princess route. Piccioli was the man who nailed it, simply by introducing the idea that couture can also mean trousers (though possibly in dusty pink or turquoise moire silk), an oh-so-easy foil for the grandmotherly extravagance of a sweeping ’50s opera coatsA coat is a garment worn by both men and women,for warmth or fashion. Coats typically have long sleeves and are open down the front, closing by means of buttons, zippers, hook-and-loop fasteners, toggles, a belt, or a combination of some of these. Other possible features include collars, shoulder straps and hoods. or a ’60s tunic cocktail top.

The thing about Piccioli is that he’s also a walking contradiction: a down-to-earth dreamer. The fantasy excited in him as a boy by seeing glamorous magazine photographs of ’50s-through-‘80s haute couture is balanced by his equal respect for the people who dedicate their skills to making every piece materialize. “I hate it when they’re called ‘petite mains.’ They are not ‘hands,’ they’re people.” Without the specialists who work in the ateliers of Valentino in Rome no rules can either be bent or gloriously elaborated on. They were the people who made possible the image of the chaste Renaissance princesses with which Piccioli and (then) Maria Grazia Chiuri changed fashionFashion is a popular style or practice, especially in clothing, footwear, accessories, makeup, body piercing, or furniture. Fashion is a distinctive and often habitual trend in the style in which a person dresses. It is the prevailing styles in behaviour and the newest creations of textile designers. in the late aughts. They’re the ones who can now also swivel in this new direction for the house at Piccioli’s bidding.

He made a point of naming each look after its maker—thereby honoring the huge scope of the capabilities of Valentino, and widening the chances of many kinds of women (given a certain level of income) finding themselves among the variety. It’s not that the ingenue has completely been banished. Sparkly fairy-tale dresses are to be found under this roof, but there are now many more ways to be and feel brilliantly dressed. One can own one’s identity by being drop-dead simple, or flamboyantly, colorfully impressive. Whatever, it was a longed-for breakthrough.

source: https://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/spring-2018-couture/valentino

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Valentino’s Figures Bloom

VALENTINO has almost doubled its earnings in the past year, figures revealed by the brandA brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or other feature that distinguishes an organization or product from its rivals in the eyes of the customer. today show.

Its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation were an impressive €65 million, versus €34 million the previous year. Operating profits, revenues and sales all climbed too – and global retailRetail is the process of selling consumer goods and/or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution to earn a profit. Demand is created through diverse target markets and promotional tactics, satisfying consumers’ wants and needs through a lean supply chain. In the 2000s, an increasing amount of retailing is done online using electronic payment and delivery via a courier or postal mail. Retailing includes subordinated services, such as delivery. like-for-like sales rose between 35 and 40 per cent.

Valentino CEO Stefano Sassi told WWD that the label’s focus for the coming year was “not about conquering new markets, but about increasing penetration in those where we are already present”. The brand will open high-profile flagshipFlagship stores are core stores for brand name retailers, larger than their standard outlets and stocking greater inventory, often found in prominent shopping districts such as Fifth Avenue in New York, Oxford Street in London or Tokyo’s Ginza.Flagships are prevalent among upscale retailers, such as Apple, Louis Vuitton, and Prada. in New York, Rome and Hong Kong in 2014.

The label’s design team, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, unveiled another critically acclaimed Valentino collection during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month. The label’s founder, Valentino Garavani, is among this year’s Vogue Festival speakers – buy your tickets, here.

source:http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/valentino-doubles-earnings-in-2013-store-openings

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Valentino’s Royal Wedding

VALENTINO GARAVANI designed a bespoke bridal gown for a royal wedding at the weekend. The designer created the dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). worn by Princess Madeleine of Sweden as she married businessman Christopher O’Neill at the Royal Palace in Stockholm on Saturday.

The dress was made from silk organdies and ivory Chantilly laceLace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern,made by machine or by hand.Originally linen, silk, gold, or silver threads were used. Now lace is often made with cotton thread, although linen and silk threads are still available. Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber. A few modern artists make lace with a fine copper or silver wire instead of thread., and featured a full skirtA skirt is a tube- or cone-shaped garment that hangs from the waist or hips and covers all or part of the legs. The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer’s personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as fashion and social context. with a four-metre-long train. The accompanying six-metre-long veil was covered with Chantilly lace flowers and edged with silk tulle, and was worn with a royal tiara decorated with fresh orange blossoms.

“Working with Princess Madeleine has just been so easy,” said Garavani. “She is a very lovely girl. She is modern, fun, full of energy and enthusiasm and she is so beautiful! It has been a pleasure and an honour.”

Despite retiring from the label bearing his name in 2008, the designer continues to work on special commissions – most recently also creating the wedding dress for actress Anne Hathaway.

source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/gallery/princess-madeleine-of-sweden-wedding-dress-valentino-bridal-gown

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VALENTINO GARAVANI–Valentino

Known simply by his first name, Valentino Garavani is one of Italy’s finest exports. Universally admired for his exquisite couture creations and romantic red carpet gownsA gown, from medieval Latin gunna, is a usually loose outer garment from knee- to full-length worn by men and women in Europe from the early Middle Ages to the 17th century, and continuing today in certain professions; later, gown was applied to any full-length woman’s garment consisting of a bodice and attached skirt. A long, loosely fitted gown called a Banyan was worn by men in the 18th century as an informal coat., he is now in his eighties and retired from his eponymous label but remains a significant figure in the fashion world.

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born on May 11, 1932 in Lombardy, northern Italy.

In 1949, at the age of 17, he moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion and study at the prestigious école des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

When he finished studying he became an apprentice at Jean Dessès where he sketched every moment he could – these early illustrations carved out his signature elaborate aesthetic.

After five years he enjoyed a brief spell at his friend Guy Laroche’s small fashion house before returning home to Italy to set up his eponymous labelA label (as distinct from signage) is a piece of paper, plastic film, cloth, metal, or other material affixed to a container or product, on which is written or printed information or symbols about the product or item. Information printed directly on a container or article can also be considered labeling. with help from his parents in Rome.

Valentino brought with him to Rome the grandeur that he had experienced firsthand in Paris, establishing a reputation among the elite of the Dolce Vita.

In 1960 he met Giancarlo Giammetti and formed a long-standing relationship that would last until the present day – shortly afterwards Giammetti became Valentino’s business partner.

In 1962 he showed a couture collection at the Pitti Palace in Florence for the first time to critical acclaim. This was seen as his breakthrough and he soon became the go-to for dressing the glitterati.

Having established himself as the top designer in Italian haute couture, in 1967 he was awarded the prestigious Neiman Marcus Award for his infamous ‘no-colour collection’ for which he bucked the trend for decadent colour palettes, opting instead for beige, white, and ivory hues. It was this collection that saw the ubiquitous ‘V’ become his trademark.

The same year, he designed the dressA dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). that Jackie Kennedy wore to marry Aristotle Onassis. Jackie O, as she became known, was a loyal customer and friend to Valentino.

1969 saw the designer open his first ready-to-wear shops in Milan and Rome, before jetting off to New York where he spent much of the Seventies socialising with and dressing famous personalities from the worlds of fashion and art.

During the Eighties he launched the first Valentino childrenswear line as well as a collection of clothing for young adults which he named Olivier after his pet pug.

In 1989 he opened the Academie Valentino in Rome, a cultural centre to house art exhibitions and cultural activities.

1998 saw the designer sell his company to Holding di Partecipazioni Industriali (HdP) for $300 million (£193,445,000). In 2002, HdP sold Valentino to luxury group Marzotto. Throughout both transactions Valentino stayed on as designer, remaining a hugely influential figure.

Much to the delight of the fashion and film worlds, in 2006 hemade a cameo appearance in The Devil Wears Prada,
alongside Meryl Streep who played fictional American Vogue editor Miranda Priestly.

During the same year he was awarded the prestigious 6th Legion d’Honneur at a ceremony at the Culture Ministry in Paris’s Palais Royale.”I’m feeling wonderful! Just wonderful!” he said.

A month after announcing he was to retire from designing, he presented his final ready-to-wear show during the spring/summer 2008 fashion week in Paris. The show saw a host a famous models turn out to support the designer including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer and Eva Herzigova.

The following year the feature-length documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor premiered at the Venice Film
Festival. It was produced by journalist Matt Tyrnauer who followed the designer around both personal and formal events to provide a private portrait of him.

Publisher of WWD, John Fairchild, who gave Valentino the nickname ‘The Sheik of Chic’, said of the designer’s luxurious lifestyle: “Valentino and Giancarlo are the kings of high living,” in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine in 2004.

At the end of 2011 The Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum was launched at www.valentino-garavani-archives.org serving as a authoritative resource for the life and works of Valentino.

In October 2012, he was awarded the Commandeur de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres medal – one of France’s highest honours – in recognition of his work for the fashion industry.

The Valentino: Master of Couture exhibition,celebrating his couture creations, opened in Somerset House in dNovember 2012.

Despite having retired from designing for the Valentino label, the renowned designer still works on special commissions. He designed actress Anne Hathaway’s wedding dress in late 2012 and, more recently, the bridal gown worn by Princess Madeleine of Sweden for her royal nuptials in June 2013.

source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/valentino-biography

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Sunny Days-VALENTINO

SPRING has finally arrived, and with it Valentino’s spring/summer 2012 eyewearEyewear consists of items and accessories worn on or over the eyes, for fashion or adornment, protection against the environment, and to improve or enhance visual acuity. collection. “We wanted to design an eyewear collection where the iconic elements of Valentino weren’t simply used as a decoration but were a part of the productIn marketing, a product is anything that can be offered to a market that might satisfy a want or need. In retailing, products are called merchandise. In manufacturing, products are bought as raw materials and sold as finished goods. Commodities are usually raw materials such as metals and agricultural products, but a commodity can also be anything widely available in the open market.,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri who, along with fellow Valentino creative director Pier Paolo Piccioli, created sturdy frames decorated with the fashion house’s signature lace, or embellished with subtle studs. “Our approach with Valentino is to try and combine the classic and historic values of the brandA brand is a name, term, design, symbol, or other feature that distinguishes an organization or product from its rivals in the eyes of the customer. with our more contemporary vision.” SEE ALL OF THE GLASSES HERE And the new eyewear collection has been treated with the careful attention to detail given to the ready-to-wear and couture collections. “Everything depends upon millimetres, on the size of a metal stud or on the height of the faceting on the acetate used to make the frames. The lenses, the frames, the decorative elements and the hinges are what make the final object.”

source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/valentino-eyewear-spring-2012-sunglasses

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