Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Naughty Or Nice
At last night’s Valentino fête in L.A., the dress code was chic and unusually easy to follow: all Valentino, all the time. That’s not to say it was a one-note affair. Valentino’s designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, have dedicated themselves to shaking up the storied house, which means injecting a little more downtown edge into the frills the label is known for while also creating the ladylike frocks the label is known for. (Of course, some things—like Valentino red and bows—are nonnegotiable.) The crowd last night split more or less down the middle: Some went sugar; some went spice. Sugar girls like Alexis Bledel, Gia Coppola, Jordana Brewster, and hostess Chloë Sevigny all chose sweet, girly frocks. Their spicy counterparts—Amber Valletta, Milla Jovovich, Kirsty Hume, and hostess Kate Bosworth—went harder-edged, in plunging dresses, biker leathers, Valentino short shorts, and, in Bosworth’s case, skintight leather pants. Chiuri and Piccioli are clearly making concessions to both sides in their bid to revive the flagging label, but we’re curious: Which Valentino do you prefer? Are you a fan of Bosworth’s brand of naughty? Or would you go with Chloë’s lovely nice?