In light of my going to the Valentino Exhibit at Somerset House this past weekend, I thought it fitting to write a little post about this wonderful Italian.
Growing up in Italy he developed an interest in fashion very early on and upon moving to France with his mother this was only to increase in fervency. Whilst there he interned at Jean Desses, sketching in between showing around clients however in 1959 after some disagreement he decided to return to Rome. There he began his own label and his fashion house very much resembled those of Paris, his dresses became famous, particularly the red, which soon became known in the industry as ‘Valentino Red’.
In early 1960’s he by chance met Giancarlo Giammetti, who ended up being his best friend and now his partner. After some persuasion Giammetti left his architectural university course and became a partner in the firm. Valentino’s international debut in 1962 in Florence, led him, by the mid 60’s, to be considered a Master of Italian Couture, winning several awards as well as endorsements but the most chic people of the time; Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn and Princess Margaret to name a few.
“It is very, very simple, I like my girls to look sensational”
By the 80s the brand was huge, everyone had heard of ‘Va Va” as Elizabeth Taylor affectionately called him however by the late naughties both Valentino and Giammetti felt that the brand was becoming bigger than just a family brand and not what they wanted, so come the beginning of 2008, Valentino sold and retired.
I loved the exhibit and I thoroughly encourage everyone to go and see if they can before it closes. I learnt so much and it was wonderfully laid out; you were the ‘catwalk’ and the models were the audience and you had the opportunity to get so close to the gowns…as close as I’ll ever get to couture I’m sure! So hurry hurry along, you most definitely won’t be disappointed.
The watercolours by the Polish artist Wronska are beautiful, I love the colours used, they seem to seamlessly fit into the vintage colour wash we’re used to seeing on instagram and the like. Having visited quite a few of these places before it’s so nice to see these really beautiful representation of the architecture…if only the colours were real. Below is my favourite piece, but make sure you check out the rest of her work here and here.
Here are some beauties, gliding over the fact these are mostly american, I love the typography of these posters and seeing as I shall be travelling to many of these cities I thought I’d collate them, remember them and eat them when I get there! Let’s see how many I can cross off my list. And YES, when it’s cold and raining I start planning the inane details of my trip as some sort of mental getaway.
For the full series, check out Roni Lagin’s website where you can buy prints, postcards and tees etc. Thoroughly hungry now, I’m going on a cupboard 5 o’clock munchies raid!
Now yes I’m jumping on the band wagon yet again; which was your favourite look? Which? Tell me which? That every magazine and website seems to be asking, so to answer them all (because they’ve been waiting my thoughts) below are my favourite looks, I couldn’t pick one.
The ever beautiful Jessica Alba wearing Oscar De La Renta and Jennifer Lawrence in Dior;
Some kind of coral theme going on here for me…and there’s none in my wardrobe, time to look into rectifying that. Be sure to let me know which look was your favourite?
I have no idea what it is about the UK and snow, we panic, we get excited, we expect closures and we sure as anything, cannot operate with even 1 inch on the ground, I just don’t understand. My winter in Minnesota taught me what real snow is and also how it’s perfectly easy enough to carry on life as normal. I understand our country was not built around the fact that it often snows like in Russia, Scandanavia and so on, but I cannot fathom why we get into such a fluster.
So tonight and tomorrow said is forecast…I’ll report back to let you know if any of us survive! In the mean time, here’s a cute kitty feeling a bit chilly 🙂
I’m a huge fan of Mr Albaz and so at the news of a collaboration with Lancome coming 15th June, I got very excited, especially at the site of this self penned portrait, how cute?
I’m so very excited to see this collection and the wonderful matching packaging – who isn’t a sucker for limited edition packaging right? This is the first time the Moroccan born designer has ever ventured into this area and I’m sure every beauty guru is waiting with baited breath as to what he will come up with…purple being a potential colour theme?