Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Arrivederci Valentino

Last night’s show was filled with greatest hits — the narrow torsos, high busts, slim shoulders, feminine suiting and a spectacular finale of Valentino red evening dresses. It reminded everyone why Valentino outlasted all his contemporaries.

He did not over-license his name or succumb to drugs and certainly not to gimmicks. Fashionable but not fashion statements, classy but not dull, elegant but not stiff, a good Valentino evening dress will last a girl for ever. His successor, the Italian designer Alessandra Facchinetti, who was fired from Gucci, has a lot to live up to.

says Lisa Armstrong in the Times


enc said...

I won't be holding Facchinetti up to any standard but her own, but I will be looking forward to seeing what she does.

Deja Pseu said...

The one thing that strikes me about Valentino's designs is that he seems to genuinely like women (and no, I'm not referring to which "team" he "bats for"). The intention behind the clothes seems to be to make women look beautiful, not to have women as a backdrop for the clothes.

Toby Wollin said...

Deja - I agree 100%. I feel Valentino not only likes women - I likes all the stuff that comes with women - like rearends, bosoms, and curves. The rest of the designers? Not so much.