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August 1 2014

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122 posts tagged "Valentino"

Pitti Uomo Chases Down Valentino, Woos Olympia Le-Tan

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After a toast to a new season, a coming new year, and—hurrahs all around—a new Italian government, Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone briefed the crowd gathered for lunch in New York this afternoon on what to expect for the next editions of Pitti Uomo and Pitti W, the menswear and womenswear trade fairs in Florence that have become an increasingly important stop on the global fashion circuit. As has been announced, Valentino will be the invited guest at the menswear fair, where creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli (left) will present their men’s collection on the runway for the first time, after several seasons of showroom appointments in Paris. “We were following them like dogs,” Napoleone told the room with a laugh. “Very hungry.” Every dog, it turns out, has his day.

Also at the men’s fair, Andrea Pompilio, winner of last year’s Who Is On Next award, given by Vogue Italia, will present his collection, as will the revived English suiting line Hardy Amies. The invited guest for the women’s fair is accessory designer Olympia Le-Tan. The designer, who studied Italian literature in university, will create a special collection inspired by classic Italian books.

The fair will also host exhibitors drawn from around the world, many coming for the first time. The Alexander McQueen contemporary collection, McQ, will make its Pitti debut, as will Jimmy Choo’s men’s collection. Milan Vukmirovic, the former Trussardi designer, will preview his new Chevignon Heritage collection. And in New Beat(s), a special section devoted to first-time showings, 20 Japanese brands and designers will show their work, selected by Yuichi Yoshii and produced in cooperation with Japan fashion week.

Photo: Courtesy of Pitti Immagine

Valentino To Show Menswear At Pitti Uomo

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Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, have been showing their men’s collection quietly, in the label’s Place Vendome showroom. (Fanfare or not, their Spring ’12 collection, left, was one of the best of the menswear season.) For Fall, they’ll take their act to a bigger stage: It was announced today that the duo will be the guest designers at Pitti Uomo 81 in Florence this January. “Their work combines a dynamic, contemporary spirit with the sartorial savoir-faire of a house that wrote a huge chapter in the history of fashion,” Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone said in a statement today. “Their visionary yet pragmatic approach combines tradition and innovation without interruptions.” The show will be presented Wednesday, January 11, 2012.

Photo: Courtesy of Valentino

Style.com’s Editors Share Their Top Picks Of The Season

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Today on Style.com, fashion insiders like Gaia Repossi and Anna Dello Russo shared what’s on their shopping lists for Spring 2012. Our editors watched the season unfold, from New York to Paris, and we have a few looks in particular we have been lusting over ever since. Here, our favorite looks of the season, from A to Z(ero).

Maria Cornejo put on a great show, as usual. I loved this abstract print (above left), it’s super graphic, but still elegant.”—Nicole Phelps, executive editor

Carven was one of my favorite shows of the season. I honestly would love to wear all or any piece that went down the runway, including those adorable sandals. But If I had to pick one piece, it would be the camel leather cutout dress with silver embroidered details (above right). It would be such a statement piece in my wardrobe, and I could see myself wearing it over and over again.” —Marina Larroudé, senior market editor Continue Reading “Style.com’s Editors Share Their Top Picks Of The Season” »

Frieze Frame

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Artist Banks Violette’s massive graphite and gloss canvas at Team Gallery’s Frieze Art Fair booth says, “I would rather be killing my family.” But Valentino, Elle Macpherson, Gwen Stefani, Daphne Guinness, Tom Ford, Courtney Love, and the other attendees at the opening of the ninth Frieze seemed happy to mingle and peruse the art instead.

Even though sales are steadily increasing after the recession, frugality has replaced fashion as a dominant theme for the work on view. There are fewer references to pop culture and luxury, and a more low-tech crafty feel from work like LuckyPDF’s live radio broadcasts, Franz West’s enormous, roughly knotted phallus sculpture at Gagosian, and Dan Colen’s massive chewing gum canvas at Peres Projects Berlin. Mark Hix’s packed on-site canteen contained “credit crunch ice cream,” a conceptually rich dessert of vanilla and chocolate scoops mixed with gold honeycomb and topped with chocolate sauce, half the price of other puddings at just £4.50.

The fair’s most popular participant, however, was an industrious red hermit crab who dutifully carried a replica of Constantin Brancusi’s serene Sleeping Muse sculpture on its back, while navigating through Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium in the Frieze Projects section. The delight this recontextualization of iconic art gave viewers was reflected in Lily Cole’s summation of the Frieze experience while at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise stand, “Fairs or galleries, I really care less about the context,” she said. “I just love looking at lots and lots of good art.”

Photo: Dave M. Benett / Getty Images

Europe’s Priciest Shopping Block, Gaga’s Latest Dissertation, Valentino On Broadway, And More…

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The Avenue des Champs-Élysées has been crowned as Europe’s most expensive retail location. Previously, London’s New Bond Street held the top spot, but New York’s Fifth Avenue remains number one on the global meter. [WWD]

Lady Gaga has released her latest column for V. The subject? “Extreme critic fundamentalism.” [V]

Valentino, the musical? Perhaps. The Italian designer says he is looking at the possibility of bringing his story to Broadway. To clarify, the designer himself won’t be center stage singing and dancing. Too bad! [Huffington Post]

Former Sonia Rykiel creative director Gabrielle Greiss will debut her womenswear line at Paris Fashion Week. Her collection, co-designed with Annette Hultzsch, will be available to see by appointment for editors and buyers. [WWD]

Photo: Elisabetta A. Villa / WireImage