May 30, 1996
I read David Shaw's story about Valentino winning the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Service Award among all restaurants in the United States ("It's Official: Service at Valentino Is Best," May 2) and laughed. In my dining experience, Valentino's food is exquisite, but its service is far from top notch. My wife and I went there last year for my birthday, and the staff seemed to completely forget and ignore us. The staff even began to break down tables and put away chairs right around us while we were in the middle of eating our dinner.
August 13, 1989
Thank goodness at long last there is a debate about the way animals are raised to produce veal. I am among the growing number who have had enough of animal industries such as producers of milk-fed veal who will torture animals for the almighty profit. No more tetracycline medallions for me. No more torture scaloppine either. The Santa Monica restaurant Valentino had better wake up and smell the burning bacon--this "conversation piece" (the term used by the restaurant's Piero Selvaggio)
October 25, 1992 |
Some critics take notes at the table. Some sneak into the bathroom to record impressions. I keep a tape recorder in my car, and after leaving a restaurant, I talk to myself all the way home. The last time I left Valentino, this is what I said: "I had forgotten how happy eating good food can make me. I came in tired and grumpy, wishing I could just go home and go to bed. But with each course, I found myself getting happier and more excited. This is how restaurants are supposed to make you feel.
January 26, 1992
Easy to wear, and downright sexy when they hug the body, stripes are one of spring's strongest looks, showing up in virtually every collection here and abroad. Part of the appeal of stripes is the season's nautical bent--expect to see blue and white stripes of all kinds in Ralph Lauren's new America's Cup collection. Other top names taking a fancy to stripes include Donna Karan in New York and Valentino in Paris, both of whom promise dresses with shapely curves.
February 27, 2013 |
PARIS -- Up-and-coming, Paris-based, Belgian-born designer Anthony Vaccarello designed that one-shoulder, leg slit-up-to-there gown that Jennifer Lopez wore to the Grammys earlier this month. And his fall-winter 2013 collection, shown Tuesday during Paris Fashion Week, proved that he is Paris' next fashion provocateur. The look: Fierce femininity that carried through from sharp-tailored separates with a fetishistic edge, to body-skimming mini dresses and gowns with revealing cutouts, and hardware snaking around every curve.