Pierpaolo Piccioli marks Valentino Garavani’s birthday with sweet message

Pierpaolo Piccioli has sent Valentino Garavani a thoughtful message to mark his 87th birthday.The fashion designer, who has served as sole creative director of the Italian house since 2016, took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the fashion icon’s bi…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has sent Valentino Garavani a thoughtful message to mark his 87th birthday.

The fashion designer, who has served as sole creative director of the Italian house since 2016, took to Instagram on Monday to celebrate the fashion icon’s big day.

Alongside a photo of the pair laughing at an event, Piccioli reflected on some of the conversations he has had with Garavani over the years.

“Everyone knows the greatness and the beauty of his work. I was lucky enough to get to know a little more, I had the chance to work with him and to learn from him the secrets of our job but also the man that stands behind his work. I remember, during the endless wait for the fittings, where models had to be already perfect with hair and make-up, he would patiently answer to all of my questions. I wanted to know everything about the stories you could read on (in) books but that he actually lived,” he wrote. “I wanted to know about Bianca Jagger entering the Studio 54 riding a horse, about Mr. Halston’s fabulous apartment, about Jackie O, Nan Kempner and Uptown ’80s, Dalma (Callado) or Linda (Evangelista) and the little human stories behind the iconicity of those moments.”

Piccioli went on to thank Garavani for providing him with so much guidance and support over the course of his career at the luxury label.

“I discovered a man with an amazing sense of humour and a never predictable and very individual point of view,” the designer gushed. “The most important thing that he taught me, as a man and a Maestro, was that even if the world goes somewhere else, you should firmly stand by your ideas and intuition. Grazie Mr Valentino, and Happy Birthday!”

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Naomi Campbell names Valentino jumpsuit as favourite Met Gala look

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflec…

Naomi Campbell was thrilled with the Valentino jumpsuit she wore to the 2019 Met Gala.

Even though the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis, the British supermodel has reflected on last year’s event in a video for her YouTube channel.

Naming the light pink lace Valentino jumpsuit with pink feathered cape as her best outfit yet, Naomi also revealed that creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli made some serious tweaks to the look just hours before the prestigious fashion event took place in New York City in May 2019.

“(Pierpaolo) arrived on Saturday, he completely dismantled the dress, and we decided…no dress. And we were going to do a bodysuit,” she shared. “They’re so amazing at their craft and what they do, and Pierpaolo and his team took what they had made and thought, ‘Nah, we’re going to do something else.’ This was made in 48 hours, even less. I’d say 36 hours, because he flew in that day.”

Elsewhere in the clip, Naomi pulled out a few of her other favourite dresses from her closet, including a black Ossie Clark dress with silver beading from 1967.

“I love Ossie Clark and I collect his stuff whenever I find some pieces that are still intact or just need a little adjusting,” the 49-year-old smiled.

Yet, one item Naomi takes particular care of is a one-off Alexander McQueen design made for her to wear to her 34th birthday party. The designer died at the age of 40 in 2010.

“It’s the only one that he made and there isn’t a pattern for it or anything. This is the only one. I’m waiting for something very special (to wear this to), I guess. I miss him so much,” she added.

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Valentino using fall 2020 campaign to raise funds for coronavirus relief efforts

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths. In light of the crisis, Valenti…

Valentino is using its fall/winter 2020 campaign to help raise funds for a hospital in Rome.

Italy is among the nations worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, with approximately 101,000 active cases and almost 28,000 deaths.

In light of the crisis, Valentino executives and creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli are gearing up to launch the #ValentinoEmpathy initiative, which will feature models including Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Laetitia Casta, Liu Wen, Naomi Campbell, and Vittoria Ceretti, as well as celebrities like Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow, Janet Mock, Laura Dern, and Rafferty Law.

The stars have all agreed that their fee, totalling approximately $1 million (£800,000), will be donated to the Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases in the capital, where a dedicated team is fighting to curb the spread of the virus.

In addition, Piccioli has invited members of the public to take part in the concept.

“The idea is very simple, I will hand-pick and provide you with a full look of the collection and you will ask someone close to you to take a picture of you on a white wall,” the designer wrote in an Instagram post. “Instead of compensation for this project, I am asking you to support me and my company in sustaining Spallanzani Hospital in Rome, the Italian hub fighting Covid-19. I really would like to produce a gesture of love for maison Valentino’s city, I really would like to let Rome know that Valentino friends, not only the brand, are here (sic)!”

It is believed Piccioli will release further details about the initiative in the coming days.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli wants fewer fashion shows

Pierpaolo Piccioli hopes to see huge changes in the fashion industry once the coronavirus pandemic is over.The creative director of Valentino opened up about the future of fashion in a new op-ed for Vogue’s Postcards from Home series, which follows fam…

Pierpaolo Piccioli hopes to see huge changes in the fashion industry once the coronavirus pandemic is over.

The creative director of Valentino opened up about the future of fashion in a new op-ed for Vogue’s Postcards from Home series, which follows famous faces as they deal with life in self-isolation at their homes around the world.

Piccioli discussed his hopes for his profession and had some big ideas on how the industry could work in a more environmentally friendly way going forward.

“There’s going to be a need for everyone to work in a way that is more respectful for people, for the environment: producing less, and more focused,” he explained. “And also the shows, and fashion weeks will change.

“I’d like to see more of a system of fashion, reducing the big shows all over the world, which are not actually a presentation of collections, but a presentation of the power and the money of the brand… This is not fashion to me. It’s branding, which is perfect but it’s a different thing.”

The Italian urged his fellow designers to reflect on the possibility of a big change in the fashion industry, as he seemed to criticise the luxury conglomerates who own numerous fashion houses for focusing too much on making money.

“And I think this is the moment we have to reflect about this, because in the past two decades designers were more like employees of fashion companies, and not the centre,” he mused. “I don’t think that can work for the next ‘future’. What we need now is emotions and dreams… You don’t find dreams and emotions in marketing. You just find stuff. We don’t need stuff.”

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Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli proud to see Italians unite in face of coronavirus crisis

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud of the way Italians have united in the face of the coronavirus crisis.Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 108,000 active cases and approximately …

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud of the way Italians have united in the face of the coronavirus crisis.

Italy continues to be one of the nations worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, with 108,000 active cases and approximately 23,600 deaths.

Reflecting on the emergency situation during a recent chat with Naomi Campbell for her No Filter with Naomi series on YouTube, Piccioli said he was pleased about how his fellow citizens have reacted during the lockdown.

“It’s a very tough situation. But I have to say, this period and this moment, I feel a lot of unity. I can see Italians at their best,” he insisted. “We all want to react, we all stay at home – because that’s the only way. We are following the rules and quarantine is doing very well. It is what we have to do. There is no other way.”

Piccioli then noted that he is staying in constant touch with his design team at Valentino and views it as his responsibility to boost morale as much as possible.

“They all want to come back to work. I am in contact with all of them. I feel, in this moment, to be the very centre of the company. They need vibes, they need energy. And I feel I need to give them all they give me every day,” the designer commented. “Some of my seamstresses are in their sixties, their seventies – they text me, ‘I want to come back to work.’ All of them!”

To practice social distancing, Piccioli has set up a base at his home at the provincial seaside town of Nettuno, near Rome, and he is filling his days by dreaming up ideas for his forthcoming collections.

“I spend all day long out in the garden, drawing, sketching and working,” he smiled.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli avoids hiring same models for runway shows

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and incl…

Pierpaolo Piccioli makes a point of hiring different models for each of his runway shows.

The creative director of Valentino has opened up about his career in an interview with Vogue Australia, and during the chat, revealed he demands diversity and inclusivity on his catwalks.

“For me, I’m a designer. My job is creating images, and through this people can feel emotions and can also reflect about something. Inclusivity for me means embracing a world, so it’s about living together in tolerance,” he explained. “To make inclusivity happen – and not just thinking and talking about inclusivity, because sometimes you talk about it, but you don’t act – I think it’s (about) just acting.”

In recent seasons, Piccioli has also tapped high-profile names to appear in his presentations, with Naomi Campbell closing the spring/summer 2019 couture show in January 2019 and iconic model/actress Lauren Hutton walking the runway during the fall/winter 2019 couture spectacle.

And he’s adamant it’s his passion for diversity that drives him to keep his shows fresh.

“I always encourage women to be themselves, because it is much more interesting – a real woman – than the role she plays, because those are stereotypes, always,” the designer shared. “That’s also the reason why I don’t use models for two times in a show.”

However, one exception to Piccioli’s rule is South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, who serves as his unofficial muse and has regularly appeared in Valentino presentations.

“In Adut, I feel a fragility and her fears and her strength, which are very interesting,” he touchingly commented of the 20-year-old.

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Valentino parent company donating $2 million towards fight against coronavirus

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari inve…

Mayhoola, owner of fashion house Valentino, is donating $2.1 million (£1.7 million) towards coronavirus relief efforts in Italy.

As the nation continues to suffer the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, executives at Mayhoola, the Qatari investment company behind high-end fashion brands like Valentino, Balmain, and Pal Zileri, has stepped up and given funds to medical and emergency services.

In a post on the Valentino Instagram page on Monday, a spokesperson explained that one half of the donation will go towards the Intensive Care Treatment Unit (ICU) at Sacco Hospital in Milan.

“The city of Milan is one of the more affected in Italy by the Covid-19 pandemic and Sacco Hospital is one of the sanitary structures which is heavily struggling due to the number of infected patients requiring intensive care treatments,” they commented. “The new negative pressure ventilation installation, which Mayhoola will donate to the Milanese hospital, will allow medical staff to safely assist coronavirus patients.”

Negative pressure ventilation will improve the safety of vulnerable medical staff, who are at increased risk of catching the virus due to their frequent exposure, as they assist patients.

In addition, Mayhoola bosses will donate cash to Protezione Civile Italiana, Italy’s Department of Civil Protection.

“Our production plants and offices are widespread across the diverse and beautiful Italian regions: Lazio, Lombardy, Piemonte, Veneto, Tuscany, and many others… it’s absolutely remarkable how Protezione Civile Italiana is operating within the entire country and the way in which it continuously stands behind the needs of Italian citizens,” they added.

Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli posted the announcement on his own Instagram page and added in the caption: “This is what our job can do, this is what we can do with our job. Working at our best, doing what we do best. Every single day. I am proud of the company I belong to. Thank you @maisonvalentino.”

While the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China back in December, Italy is now at the epicentre of the crisis. There have been over 63,000 reported cases of the disease, and more than 6,000 fatalities – the most suffered by any country in the pandemic so far.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli reflects on coronavirus lockdown in Italy

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on l…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has reflected on Italy’s coronavirus lockdown in a powerful post on social media.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Italian fashion designer responded to Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s decision to place the entire population on lockdown, with all public gatherings cancelled and all schools and universities closed until next month.

More than 60 million people are affected by the new measures, which were put in place after cases of coronavirus in the country hit more than 12,400, with 827 deaths.

Alongside a photo of him sketching by a pool, the creative director of Valentino praised the people of his home nation for their resilience amidst the global pandemic and put a positive spin on being in self-isolation at his home in the coastal Italian town of Nettuno.

“Home. This country has overcome the toughest moments with pride, creativity, and optimism. And so, it will, once again,” Piccioli wrote. “There is a time for moving and a time for staying still. Even at home, our imagination can lead us anywhere.

“Such a serious situation will not stop us from dreaming,” he continued. “Our will is strong, our duty is to resist, and we will keep on dreaming, harder than ever and we will rise stronger than ever.”

Piccioli’s famous friends were quick to show their support in the comments, with both Naomi Campbell and Marc Jacobs sending their love.

“Well said. That’s the spirit we all love,” Karen Elson added, prompting the designer to reply: “We stay strong… even at home!”

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Christelle Kocher tapped as guest designer for Pucci

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 seaso…

Christelle Kocher is to serve as a guest designer for Italian fashion house Pucci.

The French designer, who founded her label Koche in 2015, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned brand to create a collection for the upcoming fall/winter 2020 season.

Kocher’s range will be presented on 20 February as part of Milan Fashion Week.

“I am very proud to collaborate with Pucci. This house has a magnificent heritage,” she said. “I have always been impressed by its elegant silhouettes, striking prints and colours. It is such a pleasure to deep dive into the brilliant history and universe of Emilio Pucci.”

Founded by Florentine designer Emilio Pucci in 1947, the company remains known for its geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours. But since Pucci’s death in 1992, the label has undergone many changes within the creative team, with his daughter Laudomia Pucci, and a variety of other designers, including Christian Lacroix, Matthew Williamson, and Peter Dundas, all taking on the head designer gig throughout the 2000s.

But executives at the label are now opting for a guest designer model, following in the footsteps of Moncler’s Genius concept, which has attracted the likes of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Richard Quinn.

“Pucci’s creative strategy is evolving: the Maison has decided to open its fabulous archives to ‘creative voices’, entrusting them to deliver innovative interpretations of Pucci’s heritage prints, lifestyle and collections,” a brand rep commented. “Pucci’s first collaboration will be with Christelle Kocher, a designer already spotted by LVMH on the occasion of the LVMH prize, and recognised for her unique blend of couture and street. We love her energy and are confident that her take on Pucci will be incredibly interesting and beautiful.”

The Pucci x Koche line will be available to buy in September.

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Lauren Hutton was once tempted by plastic surgery

Lauren Hutton was once tempted to go under the knife and get plastic surgery.The model/actress has long been an advocate of ageing gracefully, and while the American Gigolo star loves her wrinkles, she has previously had Botox injections to keep her fi…

Lauren Hutton was once tempted to go under the knife and get plastic surgery.

The model/actress has long been an advocate of ageing gracefully, and while the American Gigolo star loves her wrinkles, she has previously had Botox injections to keep her fine lines at bay.

“You’re always tempted to go down that route and they keep finding new things to do, like removing your fat or doing this or that, but you know, I would rather have a face like an African elephant’s bottom anyway,” she told The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, before insisting that she’s never had any work done. “I see an awful lot of women and it looks scary because they’re so smooth and don’t look real.”

Lauren, who is now an ambassador for anti-ageing skincare brand StriVectin, added that she’s lucky to have her wrinkles, and wants other women to feel the same.

“We want to see what someone has done, that is the point of growing up and getting old, and if we are lucky, then we get to do that. Beauty is health. You should enhance yourself to make yourself look healthier without masking yourself up,” the 76-year-old explained.

Elsewhere, Lauren opened up on her “thrilling” appearance during Pierpaolo Piccioli’s couture show for Valentino in July last year, when she stunned on the catwalk in an emerald green dress and trench coat.

“When they asked me, I thought, ‘Well sure, why shouldn’t I do the show?’ It was very thrilling,” she gushed.

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