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Los Angeles was painted Valentino red on Wednesday night when the legendary Italian fashion designer was feted at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The museum's Costume Council screened the West Coast premiere of Matt Tyrnauer's documentary "Valentino: The Last Emperor," and presented its Legend Award to the designer and his longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti at a dinner afterward at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.
April 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Simon Malls unveiled the $100-million expansion of its Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon on Thursday, allowing crowds of tourists and shoppers to stream into new off-price stores from Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Fendi and more. Fifty new outlet stores make up the 146,000-square-foot build-out. The McQueen store, along with the Helmut Lang and Belstaff shops, marks a first foray into the outlet world in the U.S. Simon also added a 1,100-space parking garage, new landscaping, lighting and wider walkways.
May 6, 2010
Valentino Rating: three stars Location: 3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 829-4313; Price: Appetizers, $12 to $15; primi, $19 to $24; main courses, $28 to $44; sides, $10; three-course tasting menu, $55 per person; four-course tasting menu, $70 per person. Wine pairing, add $50 per person more. Corkage fee, $30 (one bottle waived for every bottle purchased). Details: Open for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and for lunch only at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fridays.
February 7, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Are we really shocked that a fashion house would send out a release announcing that a movie star is carrying its handbag to the funeral of another movie star? On Friday, celebrities gathered in New York to pay tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the great actor whose death from an apparent heroin overdose has occasioned a poignant outpouring not just about his contributions to American cinema and theater but also about the disease of addiction and the thrall in which it keeps even those who have been deeply committed to sobriety for years.
July 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Valentino, known for his red-carpet-ready gowns, received a French Legion of Honor medal Thursday at a star-studded ceremony in Paris. Elizabeth Hurley and Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue magazine, were among those who packed the gilded hall where Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres presented the Italian designer with the medal, conferring on him the honorary title of "knight" in the elite society.
February 10, 1989 | TIMOTHY HAWKINS
Valentino, the Roman "god" of fashion, may have the same name as the Hollywood film star of the 1920s, but the Italian designer romances his female audience with a lot more subtlety than his namesake did. The designer's Boutique and Night collections for fall, 1989, were shown here this week, a month before Valentino's major fall ready-to-wear show in Europe.
November 30, 1990 | MARY ROURKE
You can never be too thin or too rich. Except maybe now. This week, as Paris-based designer Valentino Garavani swept through Beverly Hills in a blaze of invitations for parties at Spago and l'Orangerie, the Bistro Garden and his own new boutique at Two Rodeo Drive, he wondered. "Some say it's not chic to spend right now," he began. "Others just feel cautious. There is a financial crisis all around the world."
May 16, 2010 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
It hasn't been easy for Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, the two designers charged since 2008 with carrying on the legacy of retired fashion legend Valentino. There have been some monumentally bad reviews of runway shows, including one posted on Facebook by Valentino's longtime business partner Giancarlo Giammetti after the couture show in January, calling the collection a "ridiculous circus." Then there's Valentino himself, who seems intent on lingering in the spotlight even in retirement.
March 18, 2013 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
Piero Selvaggio has just delivered a plate of Sardinian fregula with grilled octopus - chewy pasta dyed a deep black in squid ink and strewn with lavender tentacles - to a table at Valentino restaurant. Then he turns his attention to the wine, Valle dell'Acate, Zagra. It's crisp and aromatic enough to stand up to the dish, and it's made in Sicily only a few miles from his hometown, he says, as something across the room catches his eye. A couple's dinner seems to be evolving from polite and friendly to the sort of special occasion marked by tightly clasped hands and soulful stares.
October 15, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
There aren't many restaurants that can last 20 years, let alone 40. So Piero Selvaggio is celebrating Valentino's 40th birthday in grand fashion, with not one but two don't-miss events. First, Nov. 14, he's hosting a blow-out dinner of 40 dishes paired with 40 wines, all of them inspired by the cooking of renowned Sicilian chef (and Selvaggio's homeboy) Ciccio Sultano. Culinary authority Darrell Corti will be MCing the event, which Selvaggio is dedicating to the late great Mauro Vincenti , who with Selvaggio introduced Southern California to so much of the Italian specialty products that we now enjoy.
January 12, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
"Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland is just in her early 20s, but she has sophisticated taste when it comes to red carpet beauty. To complement the soft salmon color of her Georges Hobeika gown at the Golden Globes on Sunday, Hyland opted for a boho-style crown braid; bold, statement-making eyebrows; and minimal makeup. She told E! Network red carpet host Guiliana Rancic that the braid was inspired by a Valentino runway look and that she liked the "youthful appearance" the style projected.
November 13, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
The L.A.-born fashion illustrator Tony Viramontes captured the gender-bending electricity of the 1980s like no one else. He made a name for himself with his drawings of dominant women dressed in the theatrical haute couture of the day. In addition to putting pencil to paper, he was also a clothing stylist, makeup artist and hairdresser who collaborated with Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Chanel, Christian Dior and more to create images with...
October 25, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Disney princess-inspired gowns by Versace, Valentino, Missoni and Oscar de la Renta are now up for bid online in a Christie's benefit auction. Online bidding for the 10 "princess dresses," which started Oct. 18, is in advance of a live auction scheduled for Nov. 13, which will raise money for the London-based Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity .  The dresses, which were originally part of a holiday 2012 Harrods window display,...
October 1, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
PARIS - Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli showed their spring 2014 collection Tuesday afternoon at Paris Fashion Week. The inspiration: "A journey amidst elements borrowed from imaginary ethnic groups," according to the show notes, along with a theatricality informed by a recent visit by the designers to the Rome Opera workshops. The look: Regal bohemian, with an emphasis on lush textiles and embroidery. Key pieces; Tapestry-like jackets over pleated, embroidered lace evening dresses.
June 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
Here are six restaurants that I think have exceptionally interesting wine programs. Spago: One of the few restaurants in the country that can boast a full complement of great Austrian wines, especially Rieslings and Grüner Veltliners from the Wachau. Master Sommelier Christopher Miller is approachable and particularly astute at matching wines with the dishes at Wolfgang Puck's flagship restaurant. His list is impressive and deep yet has plenty of cutting-edge wines too. 176 N. Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, (310)
May 29, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Santa Monica's landmark Valentino restaurant celebrated it's 40th birthday this winter with a couple months of festivities. But will it make 41? Maybe not. Owner Piero Selvaggio has put the restaurant up for sale. The price is high -- $4.9 million - but it is an attractive piece of real estate with a lot of restaurant history attached. “I have a big piece of real estate and it's not producing what it could produce,” says the 67-year-old Selvaggio. Plus, he says, he's ready for a new challenge.
March 13, 1987 | ELLIOTT SHIPMAN
Europe's couture designers know that many women who can afford $4,000 to $20,000 for a custom-made, one-of-a-kind gown, cannot afford the time for all those trips to Paris or Rome for fittings. Ever sensitive to the needs of their public, they have tried to solve the problem. If it's inconvenient for women to fly to the collections, they have reasoned, let's fly the collections to them. Valentino devotees in Manhattan, for instance, have already grown accustomed to such exalted curbside service.
April 4, 1986 | TIMOTHY HAWKINS
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was one of the first to receive Valentino's new signature fragrance. It's not surprising, because she is the woman the Italian designer has called his muse. She helped launch his career back in the early '60s when she began wearing his clothes. She also wore a Valentino when she became Mrs. Aristotle Onassis in 1968, and she still wears his clothes today.
May 16, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Writer-director Michael Singh's documentary "Valentino's Ghost" connects the United States' Middle East foreign policy agenda to the American media's often negative portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. It's a provocative, absorbing - and at times dicey - study. Using film and TV clips plus archival news footage, the India-born Singh ambitiously tracks the on-screen depiction of Arabs starting in the 1920s when Rudolph Valentino melted hearts as "The Sheik" and Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckled his way through "The Thief of Bagdad.
May 7, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Anne Hathaway debuted her platinum blond hair wearing a seriously sheer gown at the annual Met Gala in New York on Monday. She was among a number of stars who took on dramatic 'dos for the occasion. The Oscar-winning "Les Miserables" star went all in for the Metropolitan Museum of Art 's Costume Institute Gala. It's the yearly ball in which celebs and fashionista amp up the volume and wear some opulently dramatic looks, All the Rage reports .  Hathaway went all in for this year's punk theme "Punk: From Chaos to Couture" in a black vintage Valentino gown with sheer black panels that left little to the imagination.
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