Monday Musings: Valentino Garavani

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“Elegance is the balance between proportion, emotion, and surprise.”

It might be a bit late for Valentine’s Day, but this Monday’s Musing’s features a great Italian designer who has created his own vibrant shade of red known as “Valentino Red”. The works of this designer bring the romance and glamor of the Golden years of Hollywood to stunning pieces and collections. Read on to learn more about this fabulous designer!

Facts about Valentino

  • Valentino Garavani was born in Voghera Italy, on May 11th, 1932.
  • He later went to study fashion at the Academia dell Arte in Milan.
  • At 18 years of age, he landed his first job with couturier Jean Dresses.
  • in 1960 he launched his first collection, and opened his first salon in Rome.
  • Some of his more notable designs were his full length skirts, as a contrast to the popular mini skirts of the time.
  • Later that year Valentino met his partner, Giancarlo Giametti, who later became the manager of commercial development for the House of Valentino.
  • Fun Fact: Valentino owns six pugs, Maggie, Molly, Milton, Monty Maude and Margot.
  •  Valentino announced his retirement in January 2008. Yet he later admitted to Oprah back in 2009 that he still makes sketches because of his love for design and drawing.

Outfit Number 1

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Valentino is known for mixing fabrics, textures and colors!

Get the Look!

This look features a variety of textures and a pop of red color from these fun pants! For a top try a white lace, pair it with a black blazer, gem studs and studded ankle booties, for a mixed, yet polished look!

Outfit Number 2

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Valtentino’s Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear collection featured a variety of ladylike, precious, yet seductive looks. The runway was bursting with lace, flowers, and embroidery which gave the dresses a light feel, with the help of flat sandals and lace espadrilles.

Get the Look!

To recreate this look I chose this adorable frock (that’s under $100!) with a lavender lining. To pair with this dress try a pair pf kitten heels, embellished with an adorable bow! Top the look off with a clutch and a pair of pearl studs.

Outfit Number 3

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This look is from Valentino’s Red Spring 2011, collection, and I adore the combination of a lace skirt and an sweet blouse.

Get the look!

To recreate this look start with a lace skirt, pair with a light blue blouse and other nude accessories. This look is perfect for spring, due to the choice of fabrics and color, and can be dressed up and dress down!

Which of these Valentino looks were your favorite? Do you love Valentino as much as I do? Please share your thoughts!


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