Valentino When in Rome...

As the designer behind every fashion icon you can think of, from Jacqueline Onassis to Elizabeth Taylor, and more recently Keira Knightley, or Chloe Sevigny, Valentino was destined to become a synonym of refinement and delicacy. 

After studying at the Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the Italian designer took his first decisive steps  when he joined Jaques Fath and Balenciaga. Having then moved on to work with his friend Guy Laroche, Valentino Gavarani chose to head back to Italy in 1960 to launch his own fashion house. 

For years, for decades, he imagined his structured and low-necked evening gowns. Added to his dazzling, unique shade of Valentino red, the designer left a durable print in the history of fashion, which still prevails today.

Since his retirement in 2008, Maria Grazia Chiure and Pierpaolo Piccoli have reigned together on the house, perpetuating the Maestro’s work by applying his guidelines and strokes of genius to contemporary lines. The duo, thriving with contrasts, toys with the unveiling of the skin, sometimes covering it completely, blurring the lines between rigor and nonchalance. 

When it comes to Men, Valentino believes in noble materials, slick cuts and unpredictable prints and patterns.