The presence of Valentino Garavani, founder of the brand that bears his name, created quite the buzz at the Valentino haute couture show Wednesday. Well-wishers made a beeline to his front row seat, beside longtime partner Giancarlo Giacommetti.
Now that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli design the line, we asked Valentino’s opinion of the label’s direction. "I like it very much," he replied. "It is keeping the mood and spell of Valentino and that is very important."
Also on scene were the VVIP fashion pack including editors Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine, Glenda Bailey of Harper’s Bazaar and Carine Roitfeld of CR Fashion Book, formerly of Paris Vogue.
Among others in the audience were siblings Nick and Sophie Simmons, having just arrived from Los Angeles and spending the day attending haute couture shows. “It’s been a great day,” Sophie said. (Their parents are Gene Simmons of KISS and Shannon Tweed.)