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A Fashionable Read

by habituallychic

10 . 01 . 07

It’s Paris Fashion week right now so I thought I would start the week off on a fashionable note. There is a gorgeous new book out now that pays homage to the ultimate king of fashion, Valentino, who also recently celebrated his 45th Anniversary in the business with a three days of decadent parties in Rome.

“Signed by the legendary designer himself who is renowned for his sophisticated red carpet gowns, Una Grande Storia Italiana – Valentino Garavani documents Valentino’s illustrious career through an extensive selection of archive images and newspaper articles as well as interviews with his closest friends and collaborators from Vanity Fair special correspondent Matt Tyrnauer. With contributing authors including US Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, renowned fashion journalist Suzy Menkes and actor Rupert Everett, it’s sure to be a good read – but only if you can get your hands on a copy. Retailing at $1000 and limited to a print run of just 2000, it’s a collector’s item for any fashionista with each book individually numbered and finished in an elegant six-colour silk screen-printed book cloth, presented in a clamshell box, also in silk cloth and tinted in Valentino Red.”

Sounds like a fashionable read to me, especially since Valentino has just announced his retirement from fashion. Former Gucci designer Alessandra Facchinetti will replace Valentino at the fashion house and will be in charge of the couture and ready-to-wear collections, as well as the RED and Roma lines, once Valentino steps down in January. So sad.

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  1. Jackie Von Tobel October 1, 2007 | 8:22 pm

    Sounds Fabulous but at $1000 I’ll be waiting to sneak a peak at someone else’s copy. What’s with the trend towards super expensive elitist limited editions these days?

  2. RJH dl H October 1, 2007 | 8:29 pm

    Spend the money on a ticket to Rome instead and see the wonderful exibition “Valentino a Roma”,45 years of style at the Ara Pacis Museum.Even if you are not interested in haute couture,which I can not imagine as you and your readers are pretty stylish,this exibition will knock you off your feet and so will the stunning museum!

  3. fashionholic October 1, 2007 | 9:27 pm

    the brand Valentino won’t be the same without MR Valentino himself… lovely book.. on my wishing list for x-mas 🙂

  4. katiedid October 2, 2007 | 4:02 am

    It’s quite beautiful! Sigh. Not gonna happen pour moi.

  5. Anonymous October 2, 2007 | 10:46 am

    Rupert Everett? Hmm…I wonder which form of employment Rupert was pursuing when they first met?

  6. Habitually Chic October 2, 2007 | 1:41 pm

    Jackie, $1000 is a lot and I know I’m not probably going to buy it but I think it will make a great collector’s item.

  7. Habitually Chic October 2, 2007 | 1:42 pm

    RJH dl H, great suggestion! I think I might have to look into some flights!

  8. Habitually Chic October 2, 2007 | 1:43 pm

    Fashionholic, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you that you get it!

  9. Habitually Chic October 2, 2007 | 1:44 pm

    Katie, I feel your pain. But it is certainly one beautiful book!