A major player on the fashion scene, Valentino Garavani continues to move its storied legacy forward with the design aesthetic of designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. One of the most storied brands in the world, Valentino offers a wide range of luxury products from Haute Couture and Prêt-à-Porter to an extensive accessories collection that includes bags, shoes, small leather goods, belts, eyewear, silks and perfumes. The brand is available in over 90 countries thanks to a capillary retail network charted out over the decades of 160 Valentino directly-operated stores located in the most elegant shopping streets in the world as well as in over 1300 points of sale.
In October 2008, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were named Valentino Creative Directors, a choice that proved to be fruitful and insightful move as the design duo have been credited with rejuvenating the brand via highly-successful and well-received collections that stayed true to the brand’s legacy of half a century while moving the design aesthetic forward with designs that are at once feminine and contemporary.
The two designers were appointed by Stefano Sassi, CEO of Valentino S.p.A., at the helm of Valentino since 2006 whose stewardship has been instrumental in enhancing the brand’s relevance and future potential.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who had worked under Valentino Garavani’s for over a decade, contributing to the international success of the fledgling accessories project, displayed all the best assets to thrive an innate sense of leadership, a corporate-centric approach and an extremely talented in-house design team. The duo debuted with their first Haute Couture collection in Paris in January 2009, demonstrating the ability to fully understand and interpret the Valentino world, a vision that was applauded unanimously. Hollywood stars, socialites and fashion leaders were immediately wooed by their creations.
Six months later, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli consecrated their success with the July 2009 Haute Couture collection, which also fully expressed their vision for the Valentino woman: an unconventional idea of femininity and of extreme elegance that becomes a way of being, a dichotomy of a fragile yet dangerous nature mixed with an element of uniqueness and distinction.