Diets, man! What a bitch. As a human with a particular fondness for bread, cheese, and meat and a diminutive frame that, presented with the opportunity, will take all of those calories, thank you very much, and keep them forever and ever, I am almost always on some sort of depressing leafy-greens-and-lean-protein restriction. For health, you know? I do it all for health. I’m cautiously assuming that Health is also the reason why Valentino Garavani, the Italian fashion designer formerly responsible for his eponymous house of Valentino and person maybe made of leather, has what strikes me as the saddest eating regimen of all time. Quoth a profile in Harper’s Bazaar:
I try to eat a simple diet: no sugar, no milk, no dairy except goat cheese, no gluten pasta, Bio Rice, no meat, some fish (not the ones with mercury), vegetables, no potatoes, no bread except rice crackers or grissini, one glass of red wine, sugarless sherbet, all sweets made with almond milk and xylitol sweetener, and one coffee a day.
I realize that some people really get off on exclusively consuming food items that are Good For You, and I aspire to one day have the good sense and self-control to be one of these people. I really do! But man, oh man, do I have the secondhand sads for Valentino right now. All that’s left for me to do is to have an extra meat and cheese sandwich today in his honor. [The Gloss]
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Kvelling is a Yiddish term for being excessively thrilled with or excited about, and that pretty much sums up my feelings about Valentino’s current resort collection. It is unfathomable to me that a man who clearly doesn’t understand the limits of tanning, could produce clothes so beautiful, feminine and vibrant. And yet! Mr. Valentino is a consummate women’s designer, creating delicious confections that you could imagine some rich heiress wearing to a garden party or whatever it is rich people do. So let’s take a look at a few of his gowns — the short dresses are lovely, too — and tell me which is your favorite! Keep reading »
I am curious about what Anne Hathaway and Valentino Garavani (yes, that Valentino) discussed while on holiday together in Switzerland. Her “craft”? The endless benefits of an oatmeal paste and kale diet for young starlets? Whether her wedding headpiece was a headband, a crown, a tiara, or something else entirely? Does she ever lecture him on his deadly tanning habit and the fact that while standing side by side they look like a diagram of healthy human flesh vs. sad leather? Speaking of sad leather, as a vegan, how does she feel about his fur hood? Oh, the imagined conversations …
Rachel Zoe is all, “This. Is. Bananas. Your. Baby. Is. In. Your. Belly.” And Molly Sims is all, “Crazy lady, stop touching me.” Or at least that’s what I imagine was going on between these two at the opening of Valentino’s flagship store on Rodeo Drive earlier this week. What’s your guess? Tell us in the comments!
Julie just about summed it up in her favorite looks from the first two days of Haute Couture Week when she said, “The Paris couture collections make me absolutely giddy.” As a fashion-loving lady, there are so many things in its spectrum that excite me, but nothing makes me salivate so much as couture. Today, the last day of the shows, is all about the couture jewelry (we’re talking Dior Joaillerie, Chanel Joiallerie, and Van Cleef & Arpels), so let’s have a look at yesterday’s headliners: Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino, and Elie Saab.
Bette Franke, Maud Welzen, Fei Fei Sun, and Zuzanna Bijoch star in this gorgeous ad for Valentino’s Spring 2012 collection, as shot by fine art photographer Deborah Turbeville. These dresses — and the look of the shoot — remind me of Gustav Klimt’s reform dresses, mixed with classic buttoned-up Victorian elegance. Which is to say I want to wear all of them.
Thursday night, Sarah Jessica Parker, Courtney Love and a slew of other celebs turned out to fete legendary designer Valentino. They were also there to support the opening of his new virtual museum, the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum, an online catalog of the designer’s many collections, available to anyone — to view, at least. This being high fashion, the clothes themselves are still prohibitively expensive, but last night’s turnout proved that just because you can buy something doesn’t mean you necessarily have the style chops to pull it off. See who succeeded, and who failed miserably, when it came to honoring Valentino’s divine talents.
Looks like Lanvin’s H&M collection may be getting some competition. The Gap has just announced that it will work with the House of Valentino to produce a special collection, due out late November. There aren’t too many details yet about what we can expect, although the designers for the project, Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiui and Pier Paolo Piccioli, said, “We are very pleased that Gap thought of us as a partner for this intimate project, as it brings together the iconic world of Valentino and Gap’s fashion essentials. In this way, Valentino and Gap synthesise the current trend of combining luxury with basics.” Keep reading »
We’ve talked about the “Alice In Wonderland” impact on the runway, but it looks like this year’s Oscar darling has the Disney classic beat. “Avatar,” the James Cameron flick about big blue aliens and their planet (OK, so I fell asleep during the movie), raked in over $2 billion so it was only a matter of time before the fashion industry hopped on a train to planet Pandora. Jean Paul Gaultier took an Eden-like approach to his January show, and Vogue‘s March issue will feature a 10-page spread of forest-inhabiting, tattoo-smothered models. New York designer Jen Kao has already proclaimed that her next collection will be an homage to the sci-fi film. The photo above shows some “Avatar”-esque looks from Valentino and Gautlier. What do you think — would you dress like a Navi? [New York Times] Keep reading »