98 posts tagged "Valentino"
On June 13, Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri (who serves as the house’s co-creative director alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli) and her daughter, Rachele, headed to Barcelona to take part in Cash & Rocket‘s 2013 Car Tour—an auto race started by Cash & Rocket’s founder, Julie Brangstrup, that invites women from the worlds of art, fashion, film, music, and business to help raise funds for various charities. This year, the team of 70 women—including Margherita and Teresa Missoni, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Patricia Arquette, Selita Ebanks, Charlotte Stockdale, Betony Vernon, Jodie Kidd, and Jo and Leah Wood—were driving in support of Shine On Sierra Leone, which is helping to build a primary school for 300 children; Orphan Aid Africa, which aids in creating a survival center to support 100 dislocated families; and Sumbandila, a charity that provides high-quality secondary education to underprivileged children and families in southern Africa. The event, which was sponsored by Valentino, saw the ladies drive 35 sports cars from Barcelona to Rome. Here, Chiuri shares her experience from the open road exclusively with Style.com.
Here is Julie Brangstrup, the creator of Cash & Rocket. She’s an amazing woman and mother of six.
I am driving a beautiful Maserati GranCabrio. It’s my first time ever driving an automatic, but this car is absolutely fantastic. Rachele and I are team 12.
Finally arrived in Cannes after 650 kilometers. Thirty minutes to change and dress in all white for an all-women dinner on a beautiful island in front of Cannes. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Postcard From Cash & Rocket’s European Road Race” »
Hedi Slimane sent out dresses that called to mind the “kinderwhore” fashion pioneered by Courtney Love and company during grunge’s nascent years. But the Saint Laurent designer wasn’t the only one who embraced baby dolls for Fall. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli updated the youthful silhouette with couture-level craftsmanship, while Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi showed wispy lingerie-inspired takes on the trend. For proof that the abbreviated shape has legs off the catwalk, look no further than Alexa Chung, who can rock a mini like no other—those pins! Sky Ferreira, meanwhile, could’ve passed for Love’s sophisticated little sis in the sparkly Saint Laurent number she wore to the Met Gala.
Punk is back with a vengeance. With the Costume Institute’s forthcoming exhibition at the Met, and Moda Operandi’s exclusive punk-themed capsule collection launching May 2, fashion is feting the subculture’s enduring impact. Although some might see the revival more as commodification than celebration, isn’t punk’s anti-fashion just another fashion statement? After all, even the pioneers of punk leveraged irreverent DIY designs to create both community and dissonance. In the spirit of rebellion (and the Met Gala next week), shop our studded and spiked evening wares, from Elie Saab, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and more, below.
1. Elie Saab gown, $6,515, available at www.stylebop.com.
2. Tom Binns earrings, $1,677.59, available at www.farfetch.com.
3. Givenchy cuff, $975, available at www.luisaviaroma.com.
4. Alexander McQueen clutch, $2,325, available at www.farfetch.com.
5. Valentino slingback, $1,295, available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com.
6. Joomi Lim necklace, $495, available at www.matchesfashion.com.
“It was important for me to really open up,” said conceptual fashion designer Miguel Adrover at yesterday’s screening of Call It a Balance in the Unbalance—a documentary about the uncompromising talent’s meteoric rise and fall. The film—which made its U.S. premiere at the Pratt Institute last night—follows the career of the Majorcan-born talent, highlighting his now-legendary Lower East Side debut in 1999 and the conception of the many memorable pieces that followed (his infamous Burberry trench-turned-dress, a town coat hand-stitched from materials drawn from Quentin Crisp’s discarded mattress, and a pair of drooped trousers made from Adrover’s grandfather’s wardrobe all make cameos). “When you see a documentary of Marc Jacobs or Valentino [you never see them] wash their clothes,” Adrover told Style.com. “You saw my house. You saw my mom, my dad, my bathroom…you saw me pulling the clothes out of the washing machine,” he added.
The film details Adrover’s post-9/11 commercial descent and subsequent return to Majorca, and the designer’s friends and supporters, like Suzy Menkes and stylist Eric Daman, spoke candidly in on-screen interviews about his uncensored vision. Not surprisingly, so did Adrover. “I don’t give a shit about [money]; I don’t believe in Chanel; I don’t believe in Karl Lagerfeld; I don’t believe in Yves Saint Laurent; but I do believe you can change society,” he professed during a Q&A.
The screening comes on the heels of Adrover’s departure from organic German label Hessnatur after eight years as its creative director. What’s next for the outspoken rebel? “I have three shows already prepared,” said Adrover, whose designs will be featured in the Met’s upcoming Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition. “Anytime. You give me the money, I will make it happen. I don’t need a big stadium or a lot of lighting or things. I can do it right here.”