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July 23 2014

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Sneak Peek: Valentino’s New Ten-Pack

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Tonight at its Madison Avenue boutique, Valentino will unveil its newest accessory concept: the Shopping Couture bag, which is not just one bag, but in fact a ten-style series that the Italian house has dubbed a “Designer Decalogue.” The bags are the creation of Valentino’s longtime accessories team Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who spent a decade working under Mr. V and as of October hold the creative reins over all categories of the design house, including haute couture, which will be their runway debut in January. The concept of the Shopping Couture bag is to pair the house’s considerable skill for artisanal embellishment with the everyday practicality of a tote. The bags go on sale now, with new styles to be released month by month in the year ahead. There’s the Extravagance, which is covered with peacock feathers (pictured here); the Pétale, bedecked by a massive handcrafted rose; the New Dentelle, which creates a “new lace” with lasered ponyskin and tulle; and the Cabochon, studded with pastel stones and silver beads and the last to be delivered. Let’s just say that practicality, like everything in life, is relative.

Photo: Courtesy of Valentino

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