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120 posts tagged "Valentino"

facchinetti’s out at valentino


Breaking news at Valentino that you kind of already knew was coming: Alessandra Facchinetti is out, and house accessories designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli (a contender for best name ever) are in. Official confirmation coming soon.

Howard getting married: Shock jock and Beth Ostrosky to be wed tonight by a daytime soap star. Classy!

Shopping alert: Advanced degree needed to buy moisturizer.

Photo: Marcio Madeira

paris fashion week: keeping an eye on valli


With the Paris talk linking Giambattista Valli’s name with Valentino’s, all eyes will be on Valli at his show today and at his Moncler Gamme Rouge presentation tomorrow. Will either collection look like an audition for the role currently filled by Alessandra Fachinetti? More on that later. But here’s a preview of what’s in store for us at Gamme Rouge: “This season is a forward approach to the intimacy of a woman—almost a sporty boudoir of a futuristic Trianon in powdery colors.” Marie Antoinette at a sports club? We’re intrigued.

Photo: Courtesy of Moncler

the paris update


The French capital is seedy again: New York Times writer visits the City of Light to explore Jean Paul Gaultier‘s inspirational haunts; gets manhandled.

Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault: on again? The once-engaged pair was spotted courtside at Balenciaga and it looked like they weren’t just there for the clothes. If you know what I mean.

In the latest designer-as-trading-card development, Valentino‘s Alessandra Facchinetti may be ousted in favor of Giambattista Valli. No pressure this Thursday, Alessandra!

Photo: Alessandro Lucione

red frocks, black pugs: a night with valentino


“It’s really a love story,” said Matt Tyrnauer, director of Valentino: The Last Emperor, the latest addition to that most luscious (and hilarious) of mini-genres: the designer documentary. Tyrnauer walked the red carpet (his third in a week, he said) last night for the opening of an exhibition, The Red Thread: The Inspiration and Passion of Valentino Garavani, an homage to the Italian design legend, which features trailers of said film. Once Alan Cumming, Katie Lee Joel, Nigel Barker, and a long swath of fashion-related reality-TV contestants had filed inside, Valentino made his entrance in French cuffs and patent leather. His one-time muse Liv Tyler, clad in a less sanguine, more peachy shade of his signature red, accompanied him. “It’s very pretentious of me to say, but,” Valentino said anyway, “in Venice”—where the film premiered last week at the Film Festival—”it was a huge success!” Inside, before one of several display cases containing his designs, Valentino was introduced to a black pug named Fred and took to the animal immediately, cooing into its face. (He owns six of the breed, all with names that begin with the letter “M.”) “Oh!” exclaimed Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino’s life and business partner. “We lost him now!”

Photo: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

Ciao Venezia, Arrivederci Valentino


In Venice for the world premiere of his documentary “The Last Emperor,” couturier Valentino revealed today the name of the pretty woman who, of all the great beauties who have worn his creations throughout a dazzling 45-year career, charmed him the most: “If I try to remember the number of actresses, that is a very long list. I have to be very sincere. The person who made me very happy, particularly because she chose a vintage gown, was Julia Roberts when she received her Academy Award for ‘Erin Brockovich.’ ” The designer made the pronouncement directly after the screening of the fly-on-the wall film directed by Vanity Fair special correspondent Matt Tyrnauer, which charts his career from a young boy with stars in his eyes (“I have always loved beauty, it is not my fault”) to fêted veteran who still awakes dreaming of dresses. Tyrnauer praised Valentino for his willingness to be “wired” throughout the two final years of his career and to be depicted “warts and all.” The designer had no editorial control over the film, which, although it does not always show him in an entirely flattering light, is nevertheless an affectionate portrait of a man who knows exactly what he wants. At one point Valentino, exasperated by the backstage maelstrom at one of his shows, is seen to proclaim: “People must learn that they have to follow me. They must be down on their knees in front of me!” Not a sentiment that Karl Lagerfeld would disagree with: “Compared to you, darling,” he whispers in the film, “the rest of us are making rags.”

Photo: Mark Smith