Valentino Garavani, the famed designer and founder of his eponymous brand once commented, ” I know what women want…they want to be beautiful”. His signature “Valentino red” is the epitome of the elegance and style that the brand is known for, and perfectly reflects its daring, sophisticated and attention getting clientele. Valentino glasses styles are a captivating reflection of the brand, incorporating eye-catching design elements, such as a lace overlay or striated acetate.
Valentino: The Brand
Raised in Italy, trained in Paris and then returning to Rome to become the designer he would be, Valentino quickly become a favorite of style icons, including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Jacqueline Kennedy. His accolades include the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award, France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and the Couture Council Award for Artistry of Fashion.
The ascension of the Valentino brand was captured in Valentino:The Last Emperor, a documentary film that had unprecedented access to the designer and his inner circle as he prepared to celebrate his 45-year long career and handing of the reigns of his house to a new generation of creative directors. Vogue.com remarks that since “1960, the house of Valentino has been a beacon of glamour, bathing its best dressed clientele in the most scintillating of lights.”
Valentino’s many lines have included haute couture, ready-to-wear, perfumes and housewares – often stamped with his trademarked V monogram (the house alternates between this monogram and their brand signature on the Valentino glasses line). The house of Valentino now continues under the joint creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli who continue the brand’s legacy while continuing to contemporize for a new generation.
Valentino: Red Carpet Glamour
Anne Hathaway wore custom Valentino for her wedding, Cate Blanchette to accept her Academy Award, and virtually every A-list actress to make a stunning appearance on the red carpet. Although often donning ‘Valentino red’, Valentino’s red carpet style has also displayed a dazzling array of luxurious fabrics, intricate detailing and flattering cuts.
Valentino Glasses: Editor’s Picks
Valentino’s glasses are defined by a balance between “modern sophistication and classic, subtle style”. A cat eye frame is given new life with scalloped detailing, a delicate frame has feminine appeal in a soft mauve striated acetate and a Retro-Wingtip is updated with a lace pattern over gray, green or rust.