A Montreal fan remembers Valentino

If a name can narrate a story, without question, the name Valentino conjures images of stardom, Hollywood, glamour and red carpet fantasy. Valentino Garavani presented to the world, 45 years of fabulous Italian chic. He has had an indelibly distinctive impression on the history of fashion. As recently as 2006-2007 the media infiltrated the fashion world with rumours of his retirement, only to have them initially denied. However, on September 4, 2007 Valentino announced that he would retire fully from the world stage after his last Haute-Couture show in Paris, presented at the Musée Rodin on January 23, 2008.


Can you imagine a career of 45 plus years? I can only describe it as a love or profound craving to persistently create beautiful dresses and designs that gratify a woman’s desire. His craftsmanship is beyond brilliance. Valentino loves all forms of beauty, he once said "I love beautiful things, and I love beautiful women, beautiful dogs, beautiful furniture". He truly has a keen eye and a love of aesthetics. He is indeed a man of charm and full of personality.

To validate his brilliance in fashion design, in 1967 he was awarded the Neiman Marcus award, which is the highest award in fashion. It's what the Oscars are to movie stars. In 2006 he was awarded Legion d'Honneur by President Chirac in France and was rightfully, very pleased.

His collections consist of Valentino Haute Couture, Valentino Prêt-a-Porter, Valentino Garavani, Valentino Roma and of course the trademark Red Valentino. Valentino always knew he was going to be in the world of fashion and dreamed about working with movie stars. Dreams turned to reality and Valentino has dressed some of the world's most famous women like Sophia Loren, Jacqueline Onassis, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, to name but a few.

While as fashion journalists, it is always nice to inform the world on current fashion trends, styles or the new season's colors, we pause to acknowledge a legend like Valentino who has been able to make a defining impression on the history of fashion. That is precisely what makes fashion all that it is today, and as I look forward to fashion in the coming years, I will surely miss Valentino's *Couture with Class*, Ciao Valentino!

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