The white collection/ This week Valentino married New York

“You’ve heard of extreme sports? Well, on Wednesday evening, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino brought the fashion equivalent — extreme designing — to New York.” With these words NYT’s Vanessa Friedman welcomes the Valentino Experience in her town, reporting on a night that left everybody pleased to death. Celebrating the Italian house recently unveiled Fifth Avenue flagship, the duo decided to create an entirely new 47-piece couture collection in its honor and bring the show to downtown Manhattan. “We wanted to say something about Italian craftsmanship, Italian values, Italian culture,” said Mr. Piccioli. “To share this renaissance ideal of execution and idea going hand-in-hand, which is the purpose of couture.”

Titled “Sala Bianca 945,” the collection was a special couture enterprise created expressly for this New York City festival of Italian cultural values and craftsmanship. An homage to Valentino Garavani’s legendary 1968 White Collection, the one from which Jackie Kennedy chose the dress she wore to wed Aristotle Onassis.

Originally shown in Florence’s Sala Bianca halls at Palazzo Pitti, Valentino’s iconic moment that was revised one year before his retirement back in 2007, the groundbreaking White Collection landed him the nickname Sheik of Chic and a friendship for a lifetime.

“She owned that dress already, and several dresses of this collection,” Valentino said. “When all the magazines came out and said she married Onassis, Women’s Wear Daily was the first to call and ask if I made the dress. I said, ‘I have no idea. Nobody called me for the dress.’ They were right. The month after the wedding, we sold 30 pieces of the same dress.”

Made up of 47 dresses and floor length gowns, all in white, ‘Sala Bianca 945’ is the first couture collection the Italian house shows in the U.S. since forever. Present were hints of his muses. Marisa Berenson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (look 39, a pleated muslin dress with gardenia-colored guipure lace and a Carrera marble-colored ribbed cashmere cape), and the last swan, Marella Agnelli. This stunning, kind of capsule, collection debuted at the Whitney Museum for a immaculate event, before the designers show Valentino‘s main couture collection in Paris late next month.

All ivory, pale gold and white, the clothes were elaborated Italian elegance at it’s best. Impressive though, it was the Valentino fan base that got people talking. Katie Holmes (seated in the place of honor between Mr. Valentino and Giancarlo Giammetti), Ben Stiller, Sofia Coppola, Emma Roberts, Jamie King, Padma Lakshmi and Ivanka Trump were there, along an impressive line of fashion insiders.

Till death do them part.

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