It’s a frosty Sunday morning in New York City. Fashion week has already begun with a spectacular birthday party for Sex & The City stylist, Patricia Field at the old bank vault, The Bowery. Today’s shows include the Calvin Klein’s Men’s collections and one of my favourite American designers, Diane Von Furstenberg.
Tomorrow’s schedule is full with Carolina Herrera, Donna Karen and a private show by Marc Jacobs at the Armory, as well as his exclusive after-party. However, tomorrow is also Valentine’s Day and I will be quietly celebrating in between shows, by visiting the top of the Empire State building to watch any romantic declarations of love that may occur around sunset.
Now, whilst I am aware that St. Valentine’s Day traditionally honours the martyrdom of an early Christian saint, I prefer to dedicate my love, passion and loyalty to a master if couture, worthy of sainthood, Valentino. For it was in 1959, that the Italian style deity made himself known for his exquisite use of a particular shade of red, a colour that is recognized throughout the industry as Valentino red. Therefore, it seems perfectly fitting to show my respect for this designer, on a day that is characterized by both his signature colour and his namesake.
After his retirement in 2007, Alessandra Facchinetti took over as Creative Director, but was asked to step down from the position after only two seasons, as it seemed she did not share the same vision as Valentino. The company replaced her with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli who together, have presented wonderful collections that draw inspiration from Valentino’s archive of work, whilst still being relevant to today’s consumers.