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Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli Celebrate a New Milan Store

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Maria Grazia Chiuri, Bianca Brandolini d'Adda, and Pier Paolo Piccioli   
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Milan's grand Palazzo Crespi was the setting for a dinner in honor of Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli and their architect David Chipperfield last night. The designer duo was celebrating another impressive space, their new flagship on the via Montenapoleone—itself designed to look more like a palazzo, albeit a smartly updated one, than a traditional store. The opening of the boutique coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Valentino brand, and a host of limited-edition launches are set to mark the occasion. "If you can't have one of Palazzo Crespi's frescoes," laughed Pier Paolo, pointing up at the ceiling of the dining room, "how about our patent loafer with the single, giant rockstud?"

Judging by all of the Spring Valentino frocks in the crowd—Anna Dello Russo in floor-length red, Giovanna Battaglia in dévoré velvet flowers—it's a trade-off plenty of the designers' party guests would be happy to make. They'll have more opportunities to do so when two new Valentino flagships open on Rodeo Drive and Madison Avenue later this year.

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