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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

V Day

As if you didn't already know, tonight is the New York premiere of Valentino: The Last Emperor at MOMA (opens to the public tomorrow at Film Forum). Produced and directed by Vanity Fair's Matt Tyrnauer, this is the feature-length docu-draaaama of the Italian couturier and his emotional retirement last year from the house he spent 45 years building—and which made him one of the richest men in Italy. The best part—besides the pugs, if you're a dog lover—is watching Valentino's co-dependent relationship with his business partner and loffer of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti, who says brutally honest things like, "You're a little bit too tan." But then, as you wait for the bitch slap, Valentino just sits quietly and takes it. We should all be as whipped in our golden years.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Black Magic

Karl Lagerfeld is a busy man. He's just finished his seasonal triumvirate of Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld and, this morning, Chanel, where we saw the usual paparazzi clusterfuck. This time they swarmed around Kate Moss, who remained cool and relaxed in her slick, noir tuxedo number. Black also dominated the runway, but colors soon progressed to pistachio green and then to ballerina pink. Suits were gussied up with accoutrements: lace, floppy bows and knit bowler hats—perhaps to match the new Mattress bag.


Valentino may be retired, but the brand marches on with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli at the helm. Well, sort of. Sure, they stayed true to the archives with fancy opera coats, little black dresses and expensive fox-fur trim, but where was the famous Valentino red? A shocking statement, to say the least, but considering the dismal economy, it's probably better to do as every accountant wants: avoid the red, stay in the black.


—Bee-Shyuan Chang

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hint Gallery: Claro Rio Summer

Natalia Vodianova, hubbie Justin Portman and their three kids just spent a weekend in Rio for the first annual Claro Rio Summer, the beach collections of Brazil’s hottest labels, masterminded by advertising exec Nizan Guanaes. It was also a model-lover's paradise as homegrown babes Isabeli Fontana, Michelle Alves, Fernanda Tavares, Izabel Goulart, Fernanda Motta, Ana Claudia Michels, Daiane Conterato, Barbara Berger and Viviane Orth stalked the runways. Even the front row was also a gift for the hysterical local press, with Valentino, Hamish Bowles, Hilary Alexander and Colette's Sarah Leffer hitting most of the shows and glittering dinner parties...

Valentino / Lady Gabriella Windsor

Ana Claudia & Isabeli @ Totem / Fernanda @ Isabela Capeto / Barbara @ Osklen

Hilary Alexander

Renata & Rojane @ Triya / Alex @ Carlos Miele

Daiane & Barbara @ Carlos Miele

Isabeli & Natalia / Michele @ Salinas

Natalia Vodianova & Hamish Bowles

Marcelle @ Rosacha / Isabela Capeto

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