Valentino bid an emotional farewell Wednesday night to his amazing haute couture career that began 45 years ago in his native
Italy. His spring collection of 75 looks, shown to 900 guests in Paris,
addressed the past and present in a masterful melding of the two. According to WWD,they ranged from simple suits and jackets in vibrant colors to
romantic evening looks and a finale of silk column dresses in,
naturally, his signature red.
There were no fireworks or a retrospective exhibition (not until June at
the Musée des Arts Décoratifs). On Wednesday evening, Valentino
said goodbye to fashion quietly with a masterful show at
the Musée Rodin. "We are very serene, very happy," he had said on
Monday. When he took that last walk down the runway he maintained his composure
as his audience jumped to its collective feet in wild appreciation.
Claudia Schiffer, Nadja Auermann, Emanuel
and Laura Ungaro and Alber Elbaz, were among the 900 guests who settled
in for a terrific collection, one that spoke at once to Valentino’s
past and his currency.
"It’s an emotional moment. He represented a style that was very lively
and glamorous," said Ungaro. Elbaz lauded "the know-how, the glamour"
of the acclaimed Roman couturier. "It’s really the end of an era."
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