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2012 March 28

Valentino's First Rodeo Show Bows in Los Angeles

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 Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli
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(LOS ANGELES) Festivities for Valentino’s 50th anniversary raged on last night, with a trifecta of shiny new U.S. flagships providing the latest fodder for celebration. First up: Rodeo Drive, with chicettes gathering in the Sir David Chipperfield-designed space for the occasion, On hostessing duty for the evening? Maria Bell, Gia Coppola, Nicky Hilton, Helen Kinnear, Nathalie Love, Minnie Mortimer, Shannon Rotenberg, and Julia Sorkin, along with Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chirui and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

The Valentino-clad masses mainly stuck to shades of black, white, and red all over. To wit: Zoe in a zebra shift from Valentino’s 50th anniversary capsule collection, reveling at Sims’ very pregnant, Valentino black lace-clad belly. Also donning the brand of the evening (or year...): the likes of Ellie Kemper, Rose McGowan, and Teresa Palmer donned crimson confections (adorned in rosettes for the latter two), and Minka Kelly turned up in nude lace. Meanwhile, Rachel Roy made for a great, flour-bomb-free date for Kim "no interviews" Kardashian. While not everyone had the option of a Kardashian as arm candy, there were more than enough of those fetching Valentino clutches on the premises.

Plenty of PYT’s filled the premises from various walks of entertainment fame. See: Jessica Szohr, Ciara, Jessica Stroup, Monet Mazur, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jaime King, Cat Deeley, and Louise Roe. Hunger Games darling Isabelle Fuhrman was also on hand, taking a brief break from the grueling premiere circuit (though the quandaries about everything in Panem probably won’t tucker out for a couple weeks at minimum, non?).

More on the clothes, and not the frocks on the carpet: that capsule collection came out to play, or rather, be ogled. While tippling on bubbly, the glitzy klatch of Valentino-loving ladies and gents checked out label’s capsule collection. The threads, made to toast the brand's five decades in the biz, made their stateside debut on Rodeo, after being unveiled in Milan—and are set to journey to NYC, traveling museum exhibit style, when the next U.S. flagship opens this fall. Bonne chance at nabbing a bit of Valentino anny action, to all you chicettes lusting after a hit of sixties-inspired animal prints…




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