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23.1.08

{bon soir, valentino, and farewell}































Have been waiting {for what feels like an eternity} for the unveiling of Valentino’s last ever couture collection, held today in Paris. The historical event, ending his brilliant 45-year career, took place before 700+ invited guests in the graciously refined surroundings of the Museum Rodin on the Left Bank.


























"I don't want to be ridiculous and I don't want to be emotional," says Valentino. "I must be happy. I have had a fantastic career and I don't regret one moment of it.”


"I want to give my adieu in all the most beautiful colors of spring. And I want to prove what I am capable of in haute couture."

"Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that."























"I am especially grateful that I have been able to keep my own style over the decades, in spite of the many changes that have taken place in the world of fashion and in its business."





The king of couture learned his craft in France, at the École des Beaux Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, before becoming an apprentice to French designer Guy Laroche. But it was in Rome that he opened his first fashion house in 1959. While he may have caused a stir from the beginning, it was with his celebrated White Collection in 1968, that everyone took notice, including Jackie Kennedy, who would one day become his muse.

His successor, Alessandra Facchinetti, former artistic director at Gucci (appointed by the British-based private equity fund Permira, who purchased the fashion house for $3.8 billion), makes her debut in March with her first collection of women's ready-to-wear.

The fashion maestro made his way down the high-gloss herringbone runway between a sea of begowned models, all perfectly groomed in the designer's signature Valentino red.





The 75-year-old designer will also be presented with the Grand Medaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe, an honour that will make him an honorary citizen of the city where he has shown since 1989, honouring his lifetime achievement and the Italian's longstanding love affair with Paris.

{Valentino's final bow.}

"All I ever wanted was beauty — to make women beautiful."
And that, he did.

{credits: Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune, camilla @ fashioninsanity, Joelle Diderich, Associated Press, Chris Moore/Karl Prouse}

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Me, Myself, & I [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Talk about ending on a high note. I'll take one of everything, please...even the hats since I'm a hat kinda gal. Great collection and love the colors. Beautiful.

Suzy [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How sad...he will be greatly missed!

Turquoise Chic [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Such a beautiful post! Valentino sure went out with a bang!! Absolutely Amazing!!!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thanks, Turquoise Chic, although I must admit that I'm still a little sad . . .

girl meets glamour [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Just stunning...yes farewell Valentino!!

Easy and Elegant Life [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Always leave 'em wanting more... Nice to witness part of the show, thanks for the post!

Joanna Goddard [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh wow, fantastic. i bet he's sad. those red dresses are so stunning. xo

Maryam in Marrakesh [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

oh my, those pink confections are just *incredible*. What a very gorgeous post!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Me, Myself, & I--definitely a high note--I think the word they used to describe the collection was, "impeccable." I liked the colours as well, especially the vibrant Spring florals--and even the red, which was striking.

Suzy, he will definitely be missed--they are mourning his departure as one of the last great couturiers.

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thanks, Kate, and congratulations again on your Washington Post mention!

Easy and Elegant, I couldn't agree more--and it's always nice to have a gentleman's perspective.

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

joanna, I'm certain he's a little sad, we're all sad! And I agree about those red dresses, and I'm not normally fond of red . . .

Thanks, maryam! And I so enjoyed your post on Kyrgyzstan Fashion Week.

All Things Bright and Beautiful... [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Dear Glamorous -

you have done it again!!

divine post - Abslolutely divine!!

THIS is the post you were waiting to post on !!!

NOW I understand !!! :-)

Any money you had this event on
your blackberry for a reminder !

PS ON another note - have you guess yet have you guessed??!!! - or do I have to tell you outright!! :-):-)

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Felicity! It was a pretty exciting post for me, since I consider Valentino to be such an incredible force in the fashion and design worlds, and you're definitely right about my having the momentous occasion marked on my BlackBerry calendar!

nay-k [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

yes this was really a fantastic show and beautiful creations. I will so miss him!

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

nay-k--we will definitely miss him--his final collection was perfect.

alis [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

this is so sad, this totallly ruins my dream of getting rich one day and having a fabulous wedding , wearing a valentino wedding gown.. at least he really did give his all to this beautiful collection.

Pomegranate [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh how I love the man..

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

alis, thanks for stopping by, and as for your dreams of a fabulous wedding, there's always vintage Valentino.

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

pomegranate, I couldn't agree more!

Alkemie [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Absolutely Stunning! Great picks!

Claudia [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a beautiful post - very moving too!

It is sad to see classy designers retire and see very few new classy designers - except for a few exceptions (pardon the repetition there), fashion these days is filled with "trapos" (that's Portuguese for rags) and designs that so unflatering (I am yet to see one woman look good on low-waist trousers or jeans!!).

Great post! :-)

{this is glamorous} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Thanks, Alkemie, and welcome back from your trip.

Claudia, thanks so much--I was quite moved by the whole thing as well--it was history in the making really, and he is one of the great greats.

Laura [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

amazing. this post made my heart skip a beat! pretty sure there will be another on like him.

Fifi Flowers [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

WOW! Fun to see my "art school" days look on the runway... oui... Fifi wore BIG bows in her hair... that is how Fifi got the name "Fifi"... LOL!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!

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