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
"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."
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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."
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