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Valentino calls it quits, stylish shoppers mourn



Tbdvalentino090507 Italian uber-designer Valentino Garavani, who had dressed everyone from Julia Roberts to Nancy Reagan, announced his retirement from the fashion world on Tuesday, only weeks after his 45th anniversary in the industry.

"It’s the perfect moment to say adieu to the world of fashion,” Valentino said in a statement to every press outlet imaginable, referring to the afterglow of the July celebration. He will present a reay-to-wear collection in Paris in October and debut his final haute couture line in January.

The 75-year-old phenom started his career with a scholarship to the Chambre Syndicale school in Paris at 17 and worked for Jean Desses and Guy Laroche before opening his own atelier in Rome in 1959.

He became friends with Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, but he made his name by clothing high-profile ladies, including Audrey Hepburn, Spain’s Queen Sofia, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jacqueline Kennedy (for whom he designed a wedding dress when she married Aristotle Onassis).

“Even as a young boy, my passion was to design, and I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life. There can be few greater gifts than that,” he said. Well, Mrs. Juice probably wouldn’t mind a couple of Valentino’s gowns ...

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:20am]


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