Beyonce rocked more than 60 designer looks for Black is King

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped …

Beyonce wore more than 60 designer outfits in Black is King, including couture looks from Valentino, Burberry and Schiaparelli.

The 38-year-old singer’s visual album, which serves as a companion to her movie soundtrack, The Lion King: The Gift, dropped on Disney+ last Friday, and fans were left stunned by the incredible ensembles the mother-of-three sports throughout the 85-minute film.

Fashion curator Zerina Akers, who worked with Beyonce on Black is King, opened up about working on the project during an interview with Entertainment Tonight, and revealed she had to come prepared with suitcases of clothes for the former Destiny’s Child star.

Noting that the Lemonade hitmaker had 63 outfit changes, Akers explained: “You have to be prepared. If she says, ‘I just want to shoot, I think it would be really nice in a T-shirt,’ I’m like, OK, 10 ball gowns, please. Just in case! Because more likely than not, we get there and it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s so beautiful, we need something more grand.’ And we kind of allow it to shape-shift.”

Among the ensembles was a Valentino Haute Couture leopard-print jumpsuit designed by creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, a cow-print corset top with matching mini skirt by Burberry’s Riccardo Tisci, a bold print custom Mugler two-piece, Schiaparelli haute couture dresses, and an oversized floral-print Erdem gown.

Akers had to ensure that she had lots of outfit choices for Beyonce’s eight-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, who also features in the visual album.

“The cool thing about Blue that not a lot of people know is that a lot of times she chooses when she wants to (be involved),” she shared. “She may see her mother doing a shot she thinks is cool. When she sees something in it, she may be like, ‘I want to do that, can I have a turn to do that?’

“She gets up and she just kind of does her thing. It all kind of comes to life.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli shares images of A-list #ValentinoEmpathy campaign

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern,…

Pierpaolo Piccioli has unveiled his all-star Valentino Fall 2020 campaign.

It was revealed in April that the creative director had assembled some of the biggest names in Hollywood, fashion and art for his #ValentinoEmpathy adverts, including Laura Dern, Frances McDormand, Naomi Campbell, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adut Akech, Anwar Hadid, Christy Turlington, Rafferty Law, Janet Mock, and Vittoria Ceretti, among others.

He has now shared numerous images on his personal Instagram page, as well as lengthy statements about the origins of the campaign, including details of the charitable donation all the stars have made.

“A completely new emotional experience,” Piccioli began alongside the first photo he shared, of model Akech. “A universal connection, without being physically connected. For my Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2020-21 Campaign, I have involved some of my friends in a new type of project. #ValentinoEmpathy brings personality and intimacy to the forefront, through a series of portraits of people I love, shot by their loved ones. Each of the talents have decided to donate their fee, resulting in a 1 million EUR donation to Hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani, the Italian Hub fighting against COVID-19.”

He went on to upload photos of Campbell, Dern, Ceretti, models Laetitia Casta and Leon Dame, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma, and Italian rapper Ghali.

“A single image can be shot in countless ways,” Piccioli added next to Ghali’s portrait. “For #ValentinoEmpathy, each person in the campaign is a dear friend, and was photographed by someone close to them. No professional shoot, nothing that wasn’t just real. It makes for many different narratives, revealing the story that each person wants to tell.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli on Fall 2020 couture line: ‘Fashion is magic’

Pierpaolo Piccioli was determined to bring the magic back to fashion with Valentino’s Fall 2020 couture offerings.The designer delighted fans and journalists with his 15-white gown presentation at the Cinecitta Studios outside Rome, Italy, on Tuesday.T…

Pierpaolo Piccioli was determined to bring the magic back to fashion with Valentino’s Fall 2020 couture offerings.

The designer delighted fans and journalists with his 15-white gown presentation at the Cinecitta Studios outside Rome, Italy, on Tuesday.

The ornate and towering dresses, some as high as 16 feet, with models positioned on hidden platforms or perched on swings, took up to 4,000 hours to create using dreamy materials like tulle and organza.

“Fashion is magic, and one of its strengths is the creativity and human touch behind it. I think creativity was not at the centre of the conversation, even before the lockdown. We must stop the focus on marketing and numbers,” he told the fashion press after the show, reports WWD.

“I have always said that we must not mirror but react to a historical moment, and propose beauty and dreams so that the fantastic becomes real. The effort behind the clothes must not be seen, the months of work, the draping, otherwise it all becomes technical and not magic. The lightness comes in when the efforts vanish.”

Piccioli also recruited the services of photographer Nick Knight to helm an accompanying video, and FKA Twigs to provide the music.

He chose Knight because “his language is cold, but in a way I am interested in and it is the opposite of the human warmth of the atelier and the people”, and wanted Twigs because of her “lyrical, individual, strong and personal voice”.

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Pierpaolo Piccioli proud to have ‘icon’ Lady Gaga as new face of Valentino perfume

Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud to have “icon of a generation” Lady Gaga as the face of Valentino’s new perfume.It was recently announced the superstar will front the advert for the Italian fashion house’s fragrance Voce Viva, and the designer was full of …

Pierpaolo Piccioli is proud to have “icon of a generation” Lady Gaga as the face of Valentino’s new perfume.

It was recently announced the superstar will front the advert for the Italian fashion house’s fragrance Voce Viva, and the designer was full of praise for the Bad Romance hitmaker.

“Gaga. Voce Viva. I am happy to announce the official launch of the new Fragrance Valentino Voce Viva, embodied by the one and only Lady Gaga,” Piccioli, Valentino’s creative director, captioned a shot of Gaga, wearing a pink feathered couture Valentino gown, on Instagram.

“Gaga means freedom, self-consciousness, pure heart. Her participation in this campaign elevates the symbolic power of the project to the highest level. She is the icon of a generation. Her message of freedom, passion for art, self-consciousness and equality is the same our Valentino community stands for. I am so proud for having her in.”

A press release announcing the news of the exciting perfume collaboration, which will be released in September, said the fragrance expresses the maison’s values of “inclusivity and individuality”.

And in a statement echoing the sentiments in his Instagram post, Piccioli noted that Gaga’s Italian heritage made her the top choice for the fashion house’s new perfume.

The singer is a huge fan of Valentino gowns, and she wore multiple creations designed by Piccioli straight from the catwalk while promoting A Star is Born last year, including a stunning periwinkle Valentino gown to the Golden Globe Awards.

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Naomi Campbell bares all in unpublished Valentino pics

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.In t…

Naomi Campbell rode the New York subway completely naked – all in the name of fashion.

The legendary supermodel proved once again she’s still got what it takes by releasing unpublished shots from her Valentino pre-fall 2019 accessories campaign.

In the advert imagery, 50-year-old Naomi posed semi-nude with a green sequin cape covering her modesty.

However, Naomi has now shared snaps where the cape came off. In the three photos uploaded to her Instagram, the statuesque star sits on a bank of plastic chairs, stands on the platform as a train approaches and finally sits in an empty carriage, with nothing more than a Valentino bag to cover her body.

“Unpublished pictures @maisonvalentino (two hearts),” she captioned the stunning photos, tagging the high-end label, designer Pierpaolo Piccioli and photography duo Inez and Vinoodh.

Pierpaolo left a simple love heart underneath the post, while Inez and Vinoodh replied with five lip emojis, and later a string of hearts.

Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, also showed his appreciation, writing, “I love these photos so much (heart),” and celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch commented: “All a girl needs is a big good bag of tricks.”

Valentino head Pierpaolo actually pipped Naomi to the post by sharing the shots on his own Instagram in May to celebrate the model’s big birthday.

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Valentino to stage live couture show in Rome

Valentino will stage its first live couture show since the coronavirus lockdown in Rome.Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli announced he will be staging a presentation at Cinecitta Studios on 21 July, with only Italian-based fashion reviewers in the a…

Valentino will stage its first live couture show since the coronavirus lockdown in Rome.

Creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli announced he will be staging a presentation at Cinecitta Studios on 21 July, with only Italian-based fashion reviewers in the audience.

The event, held at one of Europe’s largest film studios, will be be conducted in “respect of the current situation, following all necessary safety measures” amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

According to a statement from the Italian fashion house, Piccioli had a plan to merge the human and digital worlds before the global health crisis.

“The limits that we are living need to be transcended through grace and lightness,” he added, noting that the show will be broadcast online.

And fashion photographer and filmmaker Nick Knight has been hired to enable the creative director to “amplify human haute couture values through an idea where the maison mastery will be highlighted by the digital side”.

A spokesperson for Valentino stressed that a live performance is needed to fully express the “creativity, imagination and emotion” of couture.

“(It) will bring together the human and the digital touch, creating a dialogue where neither of them will take the lead,” the statement explained.

Piccioli also announced that he will premiere his inspiration behind his upcoming fall collection during a virtual presentation for the first-ever digital Paris Couture Fashion Week on 8 July.

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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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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 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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