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10 Jan

Valentino Spring 2018 Fashion Film

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There is a real art of cutting through the noise of fashion and the team of Inez & Vinoodh, Pierpaolo Piccioli, and Riccardo Ruini have it down pat this season in their recent ValentinoSpring 2018 fashion film. The film opens with the line ‘Am I Dreaming’ from the 1989’s Paranoimia by The Art of Noise featuring Max Headroom (aka actor Matt Frewer). That 80’s inspired vision is brought to life in the simplest of ideas, stunning makeup by Diane Kendal and motion. Creative Movement Director, Stephen Galloway, is at the top of his game  coaching models Gigi Hadid, Adut Akech, Felice Noordhoff, Oumie Jammeh, Aurora  Talarico, and Rianne Van Rampaey to gesture in drama and optimism that give this short its special sauce. Kudos to Riccardo Ruini and the team at agency Riccardo...
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24 Oct

Valentino Is Opening Sport-Themed Pop-Up Shops Around The World

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The brand also unveiled a new logo.

Valentino is taking fashion's love for athleisure to the next level. The brand is opening sport-themed pop-up shops in New York, Milan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to sell its athletic-inspired Resort 2018 collection, which creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented in May. The interiors are designed to resemble chic gyms, and training spaces. (A release from the brand even teases "imaginary basketball nets.") In addition to the resort range, the pop-ups will also be selling sports gear, including basketballs, sneakers, yoga mats, and tracksuits. The limited-edition items are all marked with a new logo, "VLTN," which was inspired by old Valentino logos in the '80s and '90s, according to WWD. Take a look at some of the...
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16 Oct

Valentino Is Opening Sport-Themed Pop-Up Shops Around The World

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Valentino is taking fashion's love for athleisure to the next level. The brand is opening sport-themed pop-up shops in New York, Milan, Hong Kong, and Tokyo to sell its athletic-inspired Resort 2018 collection, which creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli presented in May.
The interiors are designed to resemble chic gyms, and training spaces. (A release from the brand even teases "imaginary basketball nets.") In addition to the resort range, the pop-ups will also be selling sports gear, including basketballs, sneakers, yoga mats, and tracksuits.
The limited-edition items are all marked with a new logo, "VLTN," which was inspired by old Valentino logos in the '80s and '90s, according to WWD. Take a look at some of the athletic gear below:

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29 May

4 Un-Valentino-Like Standouts From Valentino’s New York Resort Show

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Jean-Michel Basquiat's crown, Keith Harring's radiant figures, images of graffiti and fashion from New York's golden age of hip-hop (the '80s) were pasted onto Pierpaolo Piccioli's mood board for his 2018 resort collection alongside more standard Valentino #inspo like classical art. The show was set in New York, and drew obvious inspiration from the city. Show notes called out buzzword like "identity" and "diversity."

The fashion industry has justifiably come up against criticism time and time again for cultural appropriation, Valentino included. For this latest collection, Piccioli acknowledged his references, and seemed to reverentially fold in hallmarks of New York's hip hop culture into his ultra-romantic designs.

The results? A more relaxed, streetwear-inspired Valentino.

1 FUZZY, FLAT, SPORTY FOOTWEAR

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15 May

These Are The Wedding Colors Of The Summer

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1 Greenery

Christian Oth; Getty Images; Imaxtree; Courtesy of Zola
Christian Oth; Getty Images; Imaxtree; Courtesy of Zola

Pantone's color of the year should not be discounted as being too trendy–in fact, it's far more timeless than past years' hot hues and pairs perfectly with beiges, whites and soft pastels. When in doubt about what colors to use to complement lush greens, think about your favorite natural scenes.

Pictured: Monique Lhuillier top and skirt, price upon request, moniquelhuillier.com; Gien "songe" collection, $40-$220, zola.com.

2 Jodhpur Blue & Orange Cream

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Getty Images; Courtesy of MatchesFashion.com and Moda Operandi
One of India's most colorful cities and its complementary hue (blue sits opposite from orange in color theory) inspired this soft-yet-statement palette that's ideal in the summer months–and that is bound to surprise your guests. Expert tip: experiment with the shades of...
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10 May

The Memphis Group Artists who Collaborated with Valentino

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There were two themes central to Pierpaolo Piccioli’s A/W17 Valentino collection show: “Victoriana, and Memphis,” the designer explained backstage. Victoriana strikes a familiar note on the catwalk: high necklines, shrouds of intricate lace, long bustling skirts, military tailcoats and austere lines. Memphis, on the other hand, a Milanese group which ushered in a postmodern art and architectural movement between 1981 and 1987, comes somewhat at odds with this nod to 19th-century England. Once described as a “shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price,” the movement’s comic book colour palette, jagged prints and chaotic patterns served as a rebellion against the austerity of Modernism and brought a visual riot to the Salone del Mobile furniture fair back in 1981. Tapping into what...
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28 Apr

Valentino’s Tiny Bag Has a Big Beauty Secret

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When Pierpaolo Piccioli took the reins as a solo act at Valentino for the Spring 2017 collection, the fashion set held its breath to see what direction the storied house would take next. The first clue arrived as show opener Noemie Abigail floated down the makeshift runway at Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in a diaphanous pink and black dress, a glossy minaudière hanging by her side with what appeared to be a discreet lipstick holder built in at the clasp. Since that sunlit October afternoon, the petit sacs have become a mainstay of Piccioli’s collections, acting as a window into the creative director’s romantic-yet-grounded vision, whether worn slung across lithe torsos, draped around necks like weighty pendants, or dangled off...
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13 Mar

Sunday Social Roundup

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Up your fashion Insta-game with lessons straight from the pros.

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Take a page from Attico designer Gilda Ambrosio and test drive your own designs.

Attico dress, $1,070, ShopBAZAAR.com.

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Buckle up.

Mark Cross bag, $2,495, ShopBAZAAR.com. 

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Va-va-Valentino.

Valentino skirt, $3,950, ShopBAZAAR.com; Valentino shoes, $995, ShopBAZAAR.com. 

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Oversized plaids are here to stay.

Simone Rocha jacket, $1,975, ShopBAZAAR.com.

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When more is more.

Pierre Hardy bag, $1,195, ShopBAZAAR.com. 

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Wear your feelings.

Rosie Assoulin t-shirt, $495, ShopBAZAAR.com. 

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One designer head to toe.

Proenza Schouler dress, $2,450, ShopBAZAAR.com; Proenza Schouler bag, $1,495, ShopBAZAAR.com. 

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@hampdenclothing Block heels plus bold...
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7 Mar

How To Do Bohemian Chic Braids Like a Valentino Girl

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“I’m doing a Valentino hippie,” explained hairstylist Guido Palau at today’s Fall 2017 show. To match the darkly romantic clothes designed by Pierpaolo Picciolifor his sophomore solo outing, which further honed his dreamlike aesthetic, Palau also revealed a subtle evolution from last season—exchanging the hip-grazing Rapunzel braid for the tiniest micro versions. Washed backstage with Redken Diamond Oil shampoo to achieve a “beautiful, light texture,” models’ lengths were left to air-dry, before being smoothed into a clean center part. Then, two delicate, childlike plaits were carefully placed on each side to frame the face, while a few twists of the curling iron in the back gave the finished look sophistication. “It’s very easy to wear, very Valentino,” said Palau. As models strode...
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