April 24 2014

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114 posts tagged "Valentino"

Would You Wear A Denim Trench?


We never thought we’d see denim on a Valentino runway. But there it was, paper-thin, deep indigo, and spliced into shirtdresses and a shorts suit. Valentino‘s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli weren’t the only ones to dress up the forever-practical fabric. Stella McCartney, Celine‘s Phoebe Philo, and Thakoon Panichgul cut it into full trousers, tunics, and tailored vests. For Derek Lam, who was inspired by all things California, denim was a natural, even though his ultra-chic trench is a long way, baby, from Levi Strauss dungarees. Part of the draw is the material’s versatility. “It’s a very honest fabric,” Lam told “It stands the test of time in its endurance and functionality.” If you ask us, it just might be one of the hardest-working wardrobe investments you could make come spring.

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Royal Dos And Don’ts:
Valentino’s Advice For Kate Middleton


She’s been officially affianced for all of about 24 hours, and already the fashion world is clamoring to give Kate Middleton its two cents. Her style has been duly analyzed; her aesthetic similarity to Diana, the late Princess of Wales, has been considered; and, at last night’s premiere of Love and Other Drugs, no less an arbiter than Valentino himself weighed in on her haircut. “She has to do something with this long hair because that is very important,” the retired designer (left, with Anne Hathaway, in Valentino Couture) opined. “To be a future queen, she can’t keep her hair this long.” For more from the Valentino-sponsored premiere, check out our full coverage here.

Photo: Paul Alloca/Rex Images

On Our Radar: Valentino Resort Backpacks


The new stewards of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, have got their red-carpet bona fides in order, so for Resort, they’ve extended the line deeper into daywear. The accessories, no surprise, are going in the same direction. (Chiuri and Piccioli, after all, began their careers at Valentino in the accessories department.) Yes, you can still find the most embellished evening bags, the satin pumps, and Chantilly lace pieces, but what really caught my eye were the more casual pieces, like these nylon backpacks. They’re done in the same soft floral prints used for many of the ready-to-wear pieces, and finished (of course!) with the Valentino bow. Adorable—if maybe a little too glamorous for a picnic in the park.

Photo: Steven Torres

The New Girl At McQ, The Old Girl At Rachel Zoe, A&F Quarterly Reborn, And More…


Pina Ferlisi, former creative director for Marc by Marc Jacobs, has been named creative director for Alexander McQueen’s McQ. [WWD]

After months of rumors surrounding the Rachel Zoe/Taylor Jacobson split last November, Zoe has opened up about her former’s assistant’s departure—with made-for-TV barbs, of course, and a plug for her show. “Taylor just went in for the kill,” she says. But as for specifics? “I would love to tell you but I would have to kill you. You’ll see it on season 3.” [Fashionologie]

StyleList has the first looks inside Abercrombie & Fitch’s relaunched A&F Quarterly. Inside? Gratuitously unclothed models. Just like the first time—hey, no need to reinvent the wheel. [Stylelist]

Speaking of gratuitously undressed models, Valentino’s Fall campaign will feature some, too. [WWD]

American Apparel CEO and self-proclaimed “international business celebrity” Dov Charney threatens all AA employees with a $1 million dollar lawsuit for leaking any details of AA’s practices (which allegedly include regular check-ins for attractiveness). Yes, sounds totally above-board to us. [Gawker]

Photo: Mark Von Holden / WireImage

The CFDAs Slim Down, Print Speeds Up, And More…


Don’t take it personally, Tracey Ullman (or fellow past hosts Fran Lebowitz and Jeremy Piven), but this year’s CFDA Awards will be host-less. (OK, maybe take it a little personally.) [WWD]

Fashion’s most mysterious Tweeter, @dkny, gives a lengthy interview to discuss her life in cyberspace. Sadly not included: her actual identity. Foiled again! [Stylecaster]

The Journal gives one hardworking and underappreciated fashion laborer its due: the inkjet printer. Improvements in technology have allowed labels like Akris, Zac Posen, Valentino, and Helmut Lang (whose digitally printed top is pictured, left) to create wild prints faster and more cheaply than with old screen-printing methods. [WSJ]

Kate Moss wore her Kate Moss for Topshop romper backwards to the London launch of the new collection today. Because she’s Kate Moss, and Kate Moss can do that. [NY Mag]

And, finally, the name says it all: “Men in Tights: A Brief History.” [The Moment]

Photo: Courtesy of Helmut Lang