Red has been my favorite color since…forever.
If it is offered in red, I want it.
It is the one color that almost anyone can pull off. Yes, most people gravitate towards black and white, but red is the color that can be worn for any season, for any reason. So one can simply imagine how long I’ve had a love affair with the house of Valentino. When you think of luxury everything about the brand exudes just that, not to mention the man, Valentino Garavani, has surrounded himself with opulence throughout his entire career and life.
After starting his house in 1959, Valentino was soon known for his use of a particular bright shade of the color, which was eventually coined “VALENTINO RED”. Although his color palette changed each season, you could count on a signature red dress gracing the runway.
In 2007, Valentino retired and was replaced by Alessandra Facchinettion (Creative Director Fall RTW / Couture 2008 – Spring RTW 2009). Eventually the current design duo, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took over and debuted Spring Couture 2009. It took some time for the team to find their voice, but they’ve managed to carry on the designer’s legacy. Offering a refreshing take on Valentino Red, now the house has effectively bridged the gap between past supporters and the contemporary fashion darlings. It’s hard to emulate a master, but this design duo is leaving their mark.
This is my ode to red, showcasing my favorite red looks from the house of Valentino, past and present.
Remember, if you’re afraid to make a statement, let the color speak for you! <3
Vintage 1950’s – 2000
Later Years 2001 – 2008 (Retirement)