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A previously unseen photograph from Valentino's personal archive at his Wideville estate.

A major new exhibition celebrating the life and work of Valentino will open at Somerset House this November. “Valentino: Master of Couture” will be a glamorous exhibition focusing exclusively on haute couture created by the legendary Italian designer.


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have really locked in on the princess dream dress at Valentino. There’s something regal about their clothes. Their diffusion line Red Valentino still fits into the princess motif, but this girl is all good times and frivolity.


To say that this was a collection of exquisite elegance and an almost quiet refinement would be an understatement.


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are something like conjurers. Their Valentino woman is a perfect mix of modern and mythic femininity. Their clothes have always been blessed by a finely tuned temporal amalgamation of good taste – a little bit of the old, a little bit of the new.


Valentino CEO Stefano Sassi says he is “delighted” with the sale of the company and believes the move will help to further increase revenue.

Valentino Exhibition

The Italian fashion house was bought by private equity firm Permira five years ago. The company worked hard to improve Valentino’s finances and is now selling it to an investor.

Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection 1

The first look was so telling. A fan-pleated navy blue sheer gown with a flute skirt and a blousy top, with see-through billowy sleeves, carried the spirit, the overriding silhouette, the wayward intention, and the sex of the collection to come – a perfect microcosm of the new ventures taken at the Valentino atelier.

Valentino closed Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week with a simple and elegant collection last night.

Valentino Fall 2012 Couture Beauty 9

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol took a surprising step away from the usual esthetic and a more mature, sensual and severe Valentino woman introduced a more arcane prestige to the dreamlike elegance of a classic beauty.


Valentino celebrated turning 80 with a special party last week and was treated to a “top-secret” surprise birthday party last week.


It was an eventful year for the fashion world. What didn’t happen? There was the John Galliano scandal and all the succession speculation that ensued, Creative Directors were thrown around from house to house like rag dolls, Marc Jacobs’ Spring collection was stolen in London en route from Paris, the Alexander McQueen exhibit broke records at the Met, Sarah Burton designed Catherine Middleton’s wedding dress, Lady Gaga – the list goes on and on.

Valentino Museum

With the accelerated advents in technology, social media outlets in particular, the general public is becoming more and more acquainted with the real people behind the big fashion labels.

Karo Mrozkova in the Elegant Designs of Valentino 1

For the latest issue of Marie Claire Czech, Karo Mrozkova is shot by Dennison Bertram in this fashion editorial that plays tribute to the elegant and sophisticated designs of Valentino

Zoe Kravitz for Wonderland Magazine 2

X-Men actress Zoe Kravitz is shot by Simon Burstall for the latest issue of Wonderland magazine, these black and white portraits are sensual and super-sexy.

Lara Stone for Self Service by Alasdair McLellan  1

Lara Stone is back on the scene and looking more seductive than ever. Without mentioning our obsession for the Dutch bombshell, we’ll give a quick rundown of the shoot.

Claudia Schiffer And Her Beautiful Face for Harper's Bazaar 8

Her name is Claudia Schiffer and you better recognize. Because she’s back with a stunning fashion photography that will knock you in your seat 10 feet backwards. This shoot officially defines what fashion photography is all about.