Valentino's history stretches back to the era of 'La Dolce Vita', when a young Valentino Garavani opened his first atelier in Rome. Now under the direction of designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the label’s vision is still feminine and elegant but with a tough-luxe new attitude
Italy is one of the leading countries in fashion design, alongside others such as France, USA, Great Britain and Japan. Fashion has always been an important part of the country's cultural life and society, and Italians are well known for their attention of dressing-up well;"la bella figura", or good impression, remains traditional in the Italian way of living!
Italian design became prominent during the 11th–16th centuries, when artistic development in Italy was at its peak. Cities such as Venice,Milan, Florence and Vicenza started to produce luxury goods, hats, cosmetics, jewelry and rich fabrics. During the 17th-early 20th centuries, Italian fashion lost its importance and lustre, and Europe's main trendsetter became France, with the great popularity of French fashion; this is due to the luxury dresses which were designed for the courtiers of Louis XIV.
However, since the 1951–53 fashion soirées held by Giovanni Battista Giorgini in Florence, the "Italian school" started to compete with the French haute couture, and labels such as Ferragamo and Gucci began to contend with Chanel and Dior.
In 2009, according to the Global Language Monitor, Milan, Italy's centre of design, was ranked the top fashion capital of the world, and Rome was ranked 4th, and, despite both cities fell down places in subsequent rankings, in 2011, Florence entered as the 31st world fashion capital. Milan is generally considered to be part of the "big four" global fashion capitals, which, aside from the Italian city, consist of New York City, Paris and London; occasionally, the "big five" also includes Rome.
Examples of major Italian fashion houses are: Gucci, Armani, Emilio Pucci, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, Trussardi, Versace, Krizia, Etro, Miu Miu, Laura Biagiotti, Max Mara, Fendi, Moschino, Missoni, Bottega Veneta, Benetton andBrioni (fashion), to name a few. Italy also is home to many fashion magazines, such as Grazia, Vogue Italia, Amica, Flair, Gioia. Other Italian accessory and jewelry brands, such as Luxottica and Bulgari are amongst the most important in the world.
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The only label to have designed wedding dresses for both Jackie O. and J. Lo, Valentino is synonymous with opulence, extravagance, and drama.
In business since 1960, Valentino Garavani made his mark early with intricately detailed, luxurious gowns and tastefully body-conscious silhouettes—even perfecting his own shade of Valentino Red.
The year 1968 introduced the groundbreaking White collection as well as the now-iconic V label.
Thanks in part to the entrepreneurial skill of Giancarlo Giammetti, Valentino's longtime business partner and ex-boyfriend, the brand is still manna among European royalty, American socialites, and celebrities craving a touch of class.
Though his new creations get a great deal of attention—and requests, especially around red-carpet time—his vintage dresses continue commanding attention (remember the black gown with white piping Julia Roberts wore to accept her Oscar in 2001? So do we).
To the horror of loyal fans across the globe, Valentino announced his retirement in 2007.
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Since he hadn’t groomed an heir, the label is still trying to find its footing: Former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti took over as head designer until being unceremoniously fired after her spring 2009 collection.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who had previously designed accessories for the label, were then named creative directors.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri, 2009 - Present; Pier Paolo Piccioli, 2009 - Present; Alessandra Facchinetti, 2008 - 2009; Valentino Garavani, 1970 - 2008
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Emilio Valentino Opens Today
Date: 10 May 2013
Spreading wings to the newly opened CityOne Megamall, now Emilio Valentino has finally launched its 1st ever official concept store in Sarawak. Operated under Lea Centre Sdn. Bhd., this exquisite designed retail store located at MG17-18, Ground Floor of CityOne Megamall offers numerous kinds of Emilio Valentino merchandise and provides the best quality of collections, from bags to shoes for both gents and ladies.
Not forget to mention varieties of contemporary, classic, urban and elegant styles appropriate to fulfil customer's expectation and favour.
The cutting-edge Italian brand- Emilio Valentino has been delighting trendy, fashion-conscious shoppers every season with youthful, edgy ladies’ footwear and accessories that capture the essence of high street fashion. Now, it’s bringing affordable chic fashion at its finest to shopper at the newest CityOne MegaMall.
The first of its kind for Emilio Valentino Store in Malaysia, come and explore for more!
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