Designer Dossier: Valentino

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

By Katie L. Connor

December 17, 2012 1:00 PM
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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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