Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011

Anne Hathaway, Amanda Peet Turn Up for Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011 Show


Anne Hathaway, who changed outfits eight times as co-host of the Academy Awards, chose to wear Valentino for her much-photographed stroll down the red carpet that night. Moreover, she arrived with the designer himself, Valentino Garavani.

Her fashion history also includes turning up in Beverly Hills in 2009 to present the world-renowned designer with the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award, the day after a gala in his honor by the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. So how could she miss the Valentino haute couture fall 2011 show during July’s haute couture collections in Paris?

And my place, sitting across from the “Princess Diaries” star and soon-to-be Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises” turned out to be a special treat. So filled with energy at the Academy Awards that actor/ artist/ producer/ director/ screenwriter/ grad student/ college teacher James Franco paled in comparison to his co-host, Hathaway had every joyful reaction to the fashions written on her face. (Just check out the photos in the gallery below.)

Also among those in her row: Amanda Peet of “2012,” “Syriana” and the upcoming TV series “Bent,” and Giancarlo Giammetti, Garavani’s longtime partner. (He’s seen in the fascinating documentary, “Valentino The Last Emperor” by filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer, screened at LACMA before the 2009 Gala.)

Never mind that Valentino has stepped down and there’s a new design team. The new collection, by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccoli, had all the elegance and femininity associated with the Valentino legend.

Using words such as subtlety, graceful, precious, evanescent and ethereal, the program notes called the Valentino woman “an icon painted with the lightness of a watercolor.” Yet the program also revealed that lightness and evanescence don’t come easily.

The time some frocks took to make was included in the program’s fashion descriptions, with many taking more than 100 hours each and one coat racking up 750 hours in embroidery.  While we don’t know if this couturier holds to France’s strict 35-hour mandated-by-law work week, but if so, by my calculations that garment took 5 months worth of work.

Photos, from top, the Valentino haute couture fall 2011 collection, presented at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild; left to right: Amanda Peet, Tatiana Santo Domingo, Giancarlo Giammetti, Anne Hathaway.



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Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011

Published August 2011 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA