Valentino Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Sophie Tweed Simmons, Nick Simmons, the Great Valentino Himself – and Adele’s Grammy Dress – at the Valentino Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture Show 



Much as I love seeing Valentino haute couture shows under any circumstances, Jan. 23 marked the first time I’d had the pleasure of meeting the great Valentino Garavani himself.

(Thanks to this beautiful show, I also had the pleasure of seeing the original, long version of the “Valentino red” floral gown Adele wore to the Grammys. Scroll down to see the photo.) 

Depicted in the wonderful film, “Valentino: The Last Emperor,” the Italian designer is famous for popularizing “Valentino red” and for creating iconic dresses for among others, Jacqueline Kennedy, for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.

Just to digress… following the film’s release, I also had the great pleasure of meeting director Matt Tyrnauer and producer Ted Alexandre.  Both agreed that while they believed in the quality of their film, the enormous worldwide success came as something of a surprise.

In its first two weeks, the film wound up no. 1 at the box office on an average per screen basis, beating out other new releases, including “Monsters vs. Aliens” and “Duplicity,” which starred Julia Roberts.

Although Valentino no longer designs the line that bears his name, he said he liked the direction taken by the label’s new designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. As I reported in “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, Valentino said he felt the designers had retained the label’s “mood and spell.”

He then settled into his seat beside longtime partner Giancarlo Giammetti to watch the show.

From the opposite side of the gilded room within the grand Paris mansion, the Hotel Salomen de Rothschild, Nick Tweed Simmons and Sophie Tweed Simmons of Los Angeles watched the show, too.

So far that day, the siblings said had attended On Aura Tout Vu, Jean Paul Gaultier and Elie Saab. The Simmons family is featured in the reality TV series, “Gene Simmons Family Jewels.”

While the paparazzi fussed over European celebrities in the audience, the two said they enjoyed the anonymity they felt in Paris.   Sophie Tweed Simmons has also appeared on “The X-Factor.”

Click here to read my story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times about the show. Entitled “The Enchanted Garden,” the collection featured dresses, suits and gowns, most of them taking hundreds, and, in some cases, more than a thousand, hours of handwork to create.

Photos of the collection are in the gallery below.


Top photo: The great couturier Valentino Garavani at the collection that bears his name, the Valentino spring summer 2013 haute couture show (photo:

Second photo: Sophie Tweed-Simmons and Nick Simmons of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” at the Valentino spring summer 2013 haute couture (photo:

Third photo: Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Valentino spring summer 2013 haute couture show (photo:

Fourth photo: Adele wore a shortened version of this “Valentino red” gown of crocheted flowers to the Grammys (photo, courtesy of Valentino)



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Valentino Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Published Feb. 11, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA