Designer Dossier: Valentino

Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli update the quintessentially glam lable.

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Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli update the quintessentially glam lable.
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When Valentino Garavani retired in 2008, it rattled the whole of fashion and Hollywood. For sumptuous red-carpet glamour, Valentino was the man. So much so that it took not one but two talents — former Valentino accessories designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli — to assume the mantle. "The codes of the Valentino Maison are part of our memory and creative language," the pair explain via e-mail. (Both speak as one.) "Our aim is to create a different story, using the same words, in a more contemporary way." For resort, that means neon lace and a dotty accessories collection that tell quite the colorful tale.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli

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Green clutch $995; (212) 772-6969.
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Shoes $945; valentino.com for stores. All items, Valentino Garavani.
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"To us, elegance is not just limited to clothes, it's also about how you wear them. Valentino represents a special kind of dream world, which encompasses a classical yet contemporary allure."

Necklace $675; (212) 772-6969.

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Bag $3,195 at Neiman Marcus; (888) 888-4757.
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"We like to think that we complete each other: Maria Grazia is pragmatic and thoughtful while Pierpaolo is more instinctive and emotional. We both are very distinct people, but we always strive for the same vision."

Pink clutch $995; neimanmarcus.com.

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Bag price upon request; valentino.com for stores.
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Bag $1,895; valentino.com for stores.
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Resort 2013
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