For October, we’re going to switch things up a bit in light of the Spring 2015 runway shows that are taking place right now. We’re going to spotlight a designer of whom our previous Style Icon of the Month Jackie O. was a loyal customer and friend.

vgaravani_21jun68_v_9may12_rex_bValentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani (or Valentino as we know him today) was born in Lombardy, Italy, on May 11, 1932.

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At age 17, he moved to Paris to pursue his interest in fashion. He studied at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne.

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In 1962, Valentino showed a couture collection for the first time at the Pitti Palace in Florence. This was seen as a breakthrough, and he soon became the go-to guy for dressing the “glitterati.”

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In 1967, Valentino was awarded the Neiman Marcus Award for his infamous “no-color collection” in which the designer chose to ditch the trend for decadent color palettes and opted instead for beige, white, and ivory hues. The ubiquitous “V” became Valentino’s trademark through this collection.

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In the same year, Valentino designed the dress Jackie O. wore to marry Aristotle Onassis.

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In 2006, Valentino made a cameo in the movie The Devil Wears Prada. By the way, I LOVE the book and the movie.

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After announcing his retirement, the designer presented his final collection during the Spring/Summer 2008 fashion week in Paris.

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Valentino’s legacy lives on today, as we are graced by beautiful designs that float down the runway each season. Our lives are also brightened a little more by the designer’s signature “Valentino Red.” Here are my favorites from Valentino RTW Spring 2015, the fluidity of the fabrics is quite beautiful:

To view the entire slideshow and read the runway review, visit WWD.

Article Reference: Kilcooley-O’Halloren, Scarlett. Valentino (2012, July 6). http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/biographies/valentino-biography

I hear red is going to be a hot color this Fall! How will you be rocking it? Catch ya next time 😉 xoAndra