Milan Fashion Week closed with a bang today, with Pierpaolo Piccioli presenting his Valentino collection for the first time here in Milan. In a declaration of support for the Italian fashion system and making the most out of the difficult circumstances the pandemic has forced upon us, he opted for an act of bravery—and bravura.

He decided to decamp from the ornate Parisian fabulousness of the Salomon de Rothschild salons for the powerful industrial rawness of Fonderie Macchi, a metallurgical foundry active in Milan from The wording could sound slightly highfalutin and self-congratulatory. Romanticism was actually much on his mind while working on the collection.

He called it radical. But what does it mean being a radical romantic today? Being romantic means also not following the rules, embracing idealism, being rebellious—fighting for a better world. Tolerance and kindness. This is the world I want to tell through my work as a designer. Each look was individual, thoroughly chosen according to the personality of the character, young men and women coming from different backgrounds and walks of life.

Yet from a fashion standpoint, the collection looked more cohesive than usual: streamlined and with fewer of the decorative flourishes and certain hyperbolic gestures of couture.

Of course, the language of couture is a fundamental signifier for Valentino. Progressing from linear, almost minimal looks, the collection flowed into the ethereal evening options that have become synonymous with Valentino style; here the sophisticated shapes of caftans and cape dresses were designed with fluid, efficient precision. Highlighting a somehow reductionist approach, the only print was a vibrantly-hued floral revival of an archival dress: a glamorous yellow number famously worn by Anjelica Huston and lensed by Giampaolo Barbieri in Piccioli is quite the master when it comes to turning fashion shows into emotionally charged moments of visual seduction.

Music always serves his purpose well. This time, he entrusted the singer, songwriter, and producer Labrinth to perform stirring renditions of some of his hits. It added the final touch to a rather impactful experience. Open Navigation Menu Menu. View Slideshow. Load More.For more than five decades, the house of Valentino has been a beacon of glamour, bathing its best-dressed clientele in the most scintillating of lights.

Growing up in provincial Voghera, Italy, young Garavani loved going to the movies. One film in particular, Ziegfeld Girlleft him with a lust for the beautiful life.


His dresses were clean and modern yet unabashedly feminine—with bows, flowers, ruffles, lace, embroideries—always in the finest fabrics, always molto elegante. In his first collection, there appeared what would become his signature: a dress the color of poppies, later known as Valentino red.

Garavani and his right-hand man, Giancarlo Giammetti, together built an empire. In JulyValentino celebrated 45 years of luxury in high style.

The glitterati flocked to Rome for a three-day gala, during which they were treated to a retrospective at the ancient Ara Pacis, dinner at the Temple of Venus, an aerial ballet, and a grand ball at the Villa Borghese.


The following January, he walked his last runway to a standing ovation. By Steff Yotka.

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Show more. Latest from Valentino.The genesis of Valentino began with producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoffwho began developing the project in Russell was selected to direct, and he co-wrote the film with Mardik Martin. Told through flashback following Valentino's death, the screenplay focuses heavily on Valentino's relationships with several women, chiefly his second wife Natacha Rambovaas well as addresses the published rumors of his alleged homosexuality.

Filming of Valentino was originally planned to occur in Los Angelesbut Russell chose to film in Spain and England's Elstree Studios instead due to budgetary issues. Principal photography laster 21 weeks from August to Januaryand the shoot was marked by tensions between stars Nureyev and Phillips, who clashed over their approaches to the material, as well as between Nureyev and Russell.

Released in Octoberthe film received mixed reviews from critics, some of whom lambasted it for its critical, and sometimes satirical depiction of Hollywood and the pressures of the film studio system; other critics praised the film for its lush visuals and performances.

Russell later described his decision to make the film instead of The Rose with Bette Midler as the biggest mistake of his career.

In his memoirs, Winkler called Valentino his "least favorite or worst film Inthousands of fans mob the wake of recently-deceased film star Rudolph Valentino in New York City. When order is restored at the funeral home, a series of important women in Valentino's life come to mourn. Each remembers him via flashbacks : The first of these women, Bianca de Saulles, knew Valentino when he was a taxi dancer and gigolo in New York City, working under a woman named Billie Streeter.

Upon meeting him, he shares with her his dream of owning an orange grove in California. After mobsters rob Valentino, he decides he must make the move west. Specifically, Bianca reminisces of a day when she witnessed Valentino romantically dancing with male ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinskyteaching him how to do the tango. Next is a young movie executive and screenwriter named June Mathiswho has an unrequited love for Valentino.

She first meets Valentino in California, where he upsets Fatty Arbuckle by grabbing the starlet next to Arbuckle and romancing her into becoming his first wife, actress Jean Acker. Acker's glamorous and luxurious life motivates Valentino to try acting himself. Mathis recalls seeing him in a bit part in a movie and, based on that alone, recommending him for a larger role in her next project, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

The hugely successful film launches Valentino to superstardom, and she is proud to have discovered him. Alla Nazimova subsequently makes a flamboyant entrance at Valentino's funeral. She proceeds to make a scene and, when the photographers ask her to repeat it for the cameras, she obliges. Nazimova claims a relationship with Valentino and recalls working on Camille with him.

Next, Nazimova's friend, art designer Natacha Rambova and second wife of Valentino enters and tells reporters that, even though she and Valentino are physically separated, they are still close via the spirit world.

Her flashback shows that she was at first Nazimova's lover, but took advantage of Valentino's infatuation with her to help her social climb.He was a sex symbol of the s, who was known in Hollywood as the Latin Lover a title invented for him by Hollywood mogulsThe Great Lover, or simply Valentino.

As a child, Rodolfo was indulged because of his exceptional looks and his playful personality. His mother coddled him, while his father disapproved of him. After living in Paris inhe soon returned to Italy. Unable to secure employment, he departed for the United States in Arriving in New York City, he supported himself with odd jobs such as busing tables in restaurants and gardening.

While he was living on the streets, Valentino would occasionally come back to Murray's for lunch and the staff would slip him some food. Valentino eventually befriended Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulleswho was unhappily married to businessman John de Saulleswith whom she had a son. Whether Blanca and Valentino actually had a romantic relationship is unknown, but when the de Saulles couple divorced, Valentino took the stand to support Blanca de Saulles's claims of infidelity on her husband's part.

Following the divorce, John de Saulles reportedly used his political connections to have Valentino arrested, along with a Mrs. Thyme, a known madam, on some unspecified vice charges. Following the well-publicized trial and subsequent scandal, Valentino could not find employment. Shortly after the trial, Blanca de Saulles fatally shot her ex-husband during a custody dispute over their son. Fearful of being called in as a witness in another sensational trial, Valentino left town and joined a traveling musical that led him to the West Coast.

InValentino joined an operetta company that traveled to Utahwhere it disbanded. By fall, he was in San Francisco with a bit part in a theatrical production of Nobody Home. While in town, Valentino met actor Norman Kerrywho convinced him to try a career in cinema, which was still in the silent film era. He continued dancing, teaching dance, and building up a following that included older female clientele who would let him borrow their luxury cars.

With his dancing success, Valentino found a room of his own on Sunset Boulevard and began actively seeking screen roles. His first part was as an extra in the film Alimony, moving on to small parts in several films. Despite his best efforts, he was typically cast as a "heavy" villain or gangster.

Byhe had carved out a career in bit parts. It was a bit part as a "cabaret parasite" in the drama Eyes of Youth that caught the attention of screenwriter June Mathiswho thought he would be perfect for her next movie.

InValentino also impulsively married actress Jean Acker. Their marriage was never consummated. Displeased with playing "heavies", Valentino briefly entertained the idea of returning to New York permanently.

He returned for a visit instaying with friends in Greenwich Villageeventually settling in Bayside, Queens. There he met Paul Ivanowho would greatly help his career. She cast him in the role of Julio Desnoyers. For the director, Mathis had chosen Rex Ingramwith whom Valentino did not get along, leading Mathis to play the role of peacekeeper between the two.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse was released in and became a commercial and critical success. Metro Pictures seemed unwilling to acknowledge that it had made a star. For his follow-up film, they forced him into a bit part in a B-film called Uncharted Seas. On this film, Valentino met his second wife, Natacha Rambova. Valentino was cast in the role of Armand, Nazimova's love interest. The film, mostly under the control of Rambova and Nazimova, was considered too avant garde by critics and the public.

The film received critical acclaim and did well at the box office.From Saint Maud to The Wicker Man here are some British horror movies that are certain to keep you looking over your shoulder for weeks to come.

See the full gallery. Regardless of what he was doing professionally, women were attracted to him, and he in turn loved them back which often got him into trouble. In reality, King's companion that evening, his professional and personal leading lady Joan Carlisle, unofficially discovered Valentino earlier when they had a romance aboard the transatlantic crossing which brought Valentino to the US. At the time, she was traveling incognito under the name Sarah Gray. Valentino's movie career was somewhat stalled until he campaigned for and won the leading role in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypseafter which his career skyrocketed.

By his Written by Huggo. I was just 15 when I first viewed this magnificant film, I found out later it was Anthony Dexter's first. No one could have picked a better leading man, he looked the part.

I know movie make up can do a lot ,but this was him as if Rudy were alive. I myself would like to see it once more before I pass on. I have wrote to AMC ,no luck, and it is not on a tape! A very first rate film if you can get to see it you will not be disappointed. A good evening film for all the family. Emery J. Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist. Visit our What to Watch page.

Sign In. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates.Valentino was born in Vogherain the province of PaviaLombardyItaly. His mother named him after screen idol Rudolph Valentino. Valentino then moved to Paris to pursue this interest with the help of his mother Teresa de Biaggi and his father Mauro Garavani. His first choice for an apprenticeship, in Paris, was Jacques Faththen Balenciaga. He then joined Guy Laroche for two years.

Rescued by his friend Guy Larochehe joined his "tiny, tiny" fashion house. After discussions with his parents, he decided to return to Italy and set up in Rome in[3] as pupil of Emilio Schuberth and then collaborated with Vincenzo Ferdinandi 's atelier before opening his own fashion house.

In Valentino left Paris and opened a fashion house in Rome on the posh Via Condotti with the backing of his father and an associate of his. More than an atelier, the premises resembled a real "maison de haute couture," it being very much along the lines of what Valentino had seen in Paris.

Everything was very grand and models flew in from Paris for his first show. Valentino became known for his red dresses, in the bright shade that became known in the fashion industry as "Valentino red. One of three children, Giammetti was in his second year of architecture school, living at home with his parents in the haut bourgeois Parioli section of Northern Rome.

That day Giammetti gave Valentino a lift home in his Fiat and a friendship, as well as a long-lasting partnership, started. The day after, Giammetti was to leave for Capri for vacation and, by coincidence, Valentino was also going there, so they met again on the island 10 days later.

Giammetti would shortly thereafter abandon the University to become Valentino's business and life partner. When Giammetti arrived, the business situation of Valentino's atelier was in fact not brilliant: in one year he had spent so much money that his father's associate pulled out of the business, and had to fight against bankruptcy.

Valentino's international debut took place in in Florence, the Italian fashion capital of the time. At some point inJacqueline Kennedy had seen Gloria Schiff, the twin sister of the Rome-based fashion editor of American Vogue and Valentino's friend Consuelo Crespiwearing a two-piece ensemble in black organza at a gathering.

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It made such an impression that Kennedy contacted Ms. Schiff to learn the name of the ensemble's designer, which was Valentino. Kennedy wanted to view the collection but could not attend the event, so Valentino decided to send a model, sales representative and a selection of key pieces from his collection to Mrs. Kennedy's apartment on Fifth Avenue. Kennedy ordered six of his haute couture dresses, all in black and white, and wore them during her year of mourning following President John F.

Kennedy 's assassination. From then on, she was a devoted client and would become a friend. Throughout the s Valentino spent considerable time in New York City, where his presence was embraced by society personalities such as Vogue's editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland and the art icon Andy Warhol. InValentino S. Maison Valentino is controlled since by Mayhoola for Investments S. It is present in over 90 countries through Valentino directly-operated boutiques and over points of sale. On 4 SeptemberValentino announced that he would retire fully in January [6] from the world stage after his last haute couture show in Paris.


He delivered his last women's ready-to-wear show in Paris on 4 October. In — a major new exhibition opened at Somerset House in London celebrating the life and work of Valentino, showcasing over exquisite haute couture designs. In SeptemberValentino decided to leave the Creative Direction of his brand.You were lifesavers when I was traveling to a new country and didn't know what to expect. You made it easy so I could relax and have fun. Dagny was helpful, the tour was great, and I knew I could call you if I had any problems.

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