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5 Things to Know About Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2022 Couture Show in Rome

5 Things to Know About Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2022 Couture Show in Rome

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Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2022 haute couture show titled ‘The Beginning’ presented a collection that was radical, yet familiar. Read on for five things to know about the spectacle.

The show took place on Rome’s Spanish Steps
Spanish Steps, Rome Photo: Courtesy of Valentino
Titled ‘The Beginning’, the couture show manifested itself at the 18th-century Spanish Steps in the city of Rome, where Valentino Garavani first started the maison in 1959. “Roma is the place where everything starts, the life, the people, our stories, and identities are here,” said creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli. “We belong to this place as much as this place belongs to the world and to Valentino.” As a conversation across the past, present, and future, the collection depicts “the idea of beauty heralded, supported, and fostered” by Piccioli, here and now.
A star-studded front row

The event saw a number of renowned names and friends of the house come together. In attendance were Anne Hathaway—dressed in head-to-toe pink—Naomi Campbell, Kate Hudson, Balqees Fathi, Andrew Garfield, Florence Pugh, and many others, who shed happy tears as the models walked down the runway.
The show featured a diverse casting
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‘The Beginning’ had an inclusive cast of models and showcased a ramp full of different sizes, ages, and ethnicities. Championing the idea that beauty and fashion do not confine to a particular shape or size, the showcase displayed sheer diversity wrapped in hand sequined suits, and floral dresses. “Beauty comes from harmony. It is not an aesthetic imposition, it does not obey rigid canons, nor fixed rules,” said Piccioli. “Beauty is a manner, and it is pivotal to the way Maison Valentino operates since its foundation.”
The collection’s theme was a nod to Valentino Garavani himself
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Dubbed a “conversation with Valentino”, the collection championed the designer’s legacy alongside Piccioli’s own contributions to the fashion house. Pieces featured sumptuous volumes in saturated colors, while dramatic plume headpieces shared the spotlight. A sense of romance—often seen in Garavani’s designs—was also felt in the rose-adorned dresses and bow details.
The signature Valentino pink was more than present
Balqees Fathi
After taking the world by storm with the Fall/Winter 2022 ready-to-wear collection, Valentino’s now-signature shade of hot pink was worn by many stars in attendance, including Anne Hathaway and Florence Pugh. The season’s much-loved color is also celebrated in Vogue Arabia’s July/August 2022 issue with a cover shot in Jaipur, commonly known as the Pink City. A bold piece in the same hue was also worn by Emirati singer Balqees Fathi, who represented the Middle East at the show, and also teamed up with Vogue Arabia for an exclusive takeover on Instagram.
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Best Dressed Celebrities at Oscars 2022: Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Zendaya, and More

Best Dressed Celebrities at Oscars 2022: Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Zendaya, and More

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There is no greater stage than the Oscars when it comes to red carpet fashion. Informed by decades of Hollywood glamour, the event is an opportunity for actors to become movie stars, presenting themselves in high drama custom looks that highlight the best aspects of their public personas. Fittingly, 2022’s guests explored modern movie star glamour with outfits that nodded to the past while keeping in step with current concerns.
Today, even the most fun-loving star is expected to be politically aware, environmentally conscious, expert at social media, and sartorially adventurous. On paper, that checklist seems daunting, but success is far from impossible. Whether it was vintage enthusiast Kirsten Dunst making a chicly sustainable choice by dipping into Lily et Cie’s archives and pulling out a Christian Lacroix gown from Fall 2002, or Best Actor nominee Benedict Cumberbatch showing his support for the people of Ukraine wearing the nation’s flag on the lapel of his Brioni suit, they were able to shine a light on issues that matter in a way that seemed authentic.
Other celebrities used their choice of designer to send a message. As appealing as the usual luxury suspects are, nothing beats seeing a new addition to the Oscars lineup. When Liya Kebede stepped onto the carpet in a burgundy velvet gown from Pieter Mulier spring 2022 collection for Maison Alaïa, it was a thrilling moment of fantasy that introduced the millions of people watching to Mulier’s expressive talent.
Such risks kept with the evening’s adventurous spirit. Any event with Timothée Chalamet running around in Nicolas Ghesquière’s Vuitton womenswear and Kristen Stewart embracing authenticity by revisiting Chanel’s hotpants is one for the books, but the surprises didn’t stop there. One of the year’s most exciting developments were the new names who came to the fore on the carpet. Irreverent looks like Power of the Dog breakout Kodi Smit-McPhee’s powder blue Bottega Veneta tux or King Richard star Demi Singleton’s ethereal pastel Miu Miu column gown felt youthful, celebratory, and like a breath of fresh air.
Looking through the evening’s best and boldest outfits provides a concise overview of the red carpet’s current state. Elegant yet individualistic, the looks that won the night should inspire fashion lovers for years to come.

Kristen Stewart in Chanel
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Zoë Kravitz in Saint Laurent
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Maggie Gyllenhaal in Schiaparelli
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Timothée Chalamet in Louis Vuitton
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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
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Zendaya in Valentino Haute Couture
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Andrew Garfield in Saint Laurent
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Kodi Smit-McPhee in Bottega Veneta
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Uma Thurman in Bottega Veneta
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Alana Haim in Louis Vuitton
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Renate Reinsve in Louis Vuitton
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Benedict Cumberbatch in Brioni and Sophie Hunter in Dior Haute Couture
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Jamie Dornan and Amelia Warner
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Philippe Rousselet and Liya Kebede in Alaïa
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Vanessa Hudgens in Michael Kors
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Penélope Cruz in Chanel
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Demi Singleton in Miu Miu
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Serena Williams in Gucci
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Venus Williams in Elie Saab
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Kirsten Dunst in Lacroix
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Simu Liu in Versace
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Luisa Ranieri in Atelier Versace
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Originally published in Vogue.com
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The Best Dressed Stars at the 2022 Critic’s Choice Awards

The Best Dressed Stars at the 2022 Critic’s Choice Awards

Selena Gomez. Photo: Getty
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to fashion, but at the Critic’s Choice Awards, all the differences in perspective lead to fascinating style moments. Unlike the Academy Awards, which prioritize allusions to Old Hollywood or the Grammys where outré glamour reigns supreme, the CCA’s aren’t defined by a single aesthetic. As such, celebrities are free to express themselves in myriad ways, and this year they did just that. The guests who poured into Los Angeles’ Fairmont Century Plaza walked the red carpet in pieces that spoke to their personalities, projects, and a spirited sense of fun that permeated the entire event.
All the freedom allowed guests to bring the runway’s most daring pieces to the fore. Squid Game breakout Hoyeon Jung arrived in a baroque Nicolas Ghesquière designed Louis Vuitton look complete with bustle. Selena Gomez wore a custom creation from the same house. Still, her red silk halter-gown with built-in cape went in the opposite direction embracing classicism of awards season tradition and the oh-so-grown-up sophistication Gomez has gravitated towards of late.
Moments of pure fantasy added to the excitement with Hacks’ Jean Smart bringing the sequin encrusted mermaid-skirt from Pierpaolo Piccioli’s Valentino Spring Couture collection to the carpet. Likewise, Margaret Qualley’s frothy tulle Chanel Couture nodded to the star’s ballet beginnings without verging into pastiche. The flights of fancy continued thanks to Elle Fanning and her sparkling 50s’ style Oscar de la Renta cocktail frock, Zoey Deutch’s ruffle-laden magenta McQueen serving 80s’ prom realness, and the exuberant presence of comedienne Nicole Byer and her neon pink Christian Siriano gown.
Elegant, avant-garde, and downright joyous weren’t the only options and some of the CCA’s best moments came when guests decided to create looks that incorporated all three ideas. Case in point: Jodie Turner-Smith and Joshua Jackson, who waltzed onto the carpet in and hers Gucci looking like the ultimate power couple.

Elle Fanning in Oscar de la Renta
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Kristen Stewart in Dolce & Gabbana
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Serena Williams in Atelier Versace
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Jean Smart in Valentino Haute Couture
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Kathryn Hahn in Christian Dior
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Jasmin Savoy Brown in Prada
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Thuso Mbedu in Christian Dior
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Margaret Qualley in Chanel Haute Couture
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Courtney Eaton in Rodarte
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Issa Rae in Carolina Herrera
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Selena Gomez in Louis Vuitton
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Ella Purnell In Valentino
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Nicole Byer in Christian Siriano
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Zoey Deutch in Alexander McQueen
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Joshua Jackson & Jodie Turner Smith in Gucci
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Lady Gaga in Gucci
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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
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Hoyeon Jung in Louis Vuitton
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Indya Moore in Off-White
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Carey Mulligan in Christian Dior Haute Couture
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Originally published in Vogue.com

Vogue’s Ultimate 10 Step Guide to a New Year Wardrobe Clear-Out

Vogue’s Ultimate 10 Step Guide to a New Year Wardrobe Clear-Out

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If you never get round to organizing your closet during the early stages of the pandemic, what better time to do a proper wardrobe clear-out than at the start of a new year? Whether you’ve suddenly discovered you’ve splurged on too many tracksuits (although, we wouldn’t automatically dismiss them right now) or want to shake up your style, you’ve got to first take stock of what you’ve already got.
Think of it as a juice cleanse: nobody wants to do it, but once it’s over, you’ll be glad you did. Below, a step-by-step guide to refreshing your closet.

1. Set dedicated time aside
A proper wardrobe overhaul is no mean feat, so don’t rush it. It’s best to carve out a dedicated time slot – a weekend, say – to complete your mission. Set aside at least a day, even if you’re naturally organized. A thorough detox is guaranteed to take longer than you think.
2. Scope out an idea of what you want from your wardrobe
“Spend time mood-boarding your dream style and exploring your vision for your own wardrobe,” says Charlie Collins, wardrobe guru and founder of Creative Wardrobe. “This can be really fruitful before a wardrobe cleanse to gain clarity and inspiration.” Focus on things you do and don’t like about your style and elements you’d like to retain or change. Having clarity before embarking upon a cleanse is key.
3. Organised chaos
Once you’ve freed up your diary, embrace the hot mess that your bedroom will inevitably become. It’s only temporary. Remove everything from your wardrobe, organize the items into piles that make sense, and start the cull. Keep a supply of large bags (not bin bags, they could split) to hand, so that you can set aside any unwanted items to be transported to their new destination.
4. Do you really need it?
You think you need the cream jumper, but do you actually wear the cream jumper? Covid-19 has turned our approach to getting dressed on its head. Many of the things you own likely went many months without an outing. But what about before that? If you hadn’t worn the jumper for more than six months in the Before Times, you’re highly unlikely to wear it now. Be brutal. Anything you no longer wear goes on the “no” pile.
5. No, really…
For some, it’s not easy to bid farewell to staples that are sentimental somehow. If you’re wavering, get a second opinion from a friend who will be honest with you. Share WhatsApp snaps of the items in your “maybe” pile and get a final decision from someone who can be objective.
6. There’s a new life out there
Whether it’s giving your items to local charity shop, a friend or relative, or an organization like Smart Works – which provides women with quality workwear, skills, and employment confidence – donating is a fulfilling prospect. Or, of course, there’s resale: a smart way to make the most of your pre-loved pieces (never regard them as “unwanted”). Sites like Depop, Vinted, Vestiaire Collective, and Hewi provide all the tools you need to shift your goods for cash – they’re wonderfully user-friendly. Rental, too, is an option (see below).
7. See what you can monetize 
If you’re not quite ready to permanently part ways with a piece, try renting it out instead via peer-to-peer lending platforms like By Rotation or Hurr Collective, where – bonus! – you can also browse the wardrobes of fellow fashion fans. Rotaro, Cocoon Club, Hardly Ever Worn It, Onloan and MyWardrobeHQ are other rental sites worth surfing.
8. Replenish responsibly 
“Invest in pieces that will stand the test of time and are made well,” stresses Collins. Whether it’s scouring the resale offerings of the aforementioned sites, vintage treasure hunting, or investing in forever pieces that you can see yourself wearing for many years to come, ensure that you’re broaching new additions with a conscious mindset. “There are lots of brands that hold their value really well in the world of resale so if you shop thoughtfully, you should always be able to reclaim some of your item’s value,” she adds.
9. Don’t overlook anything
A wardrobe detox must take in gym gear, nightwear, and lingerie. Tackle these elements after your everyday wear but before those tricky sentimental pieces. No one is putting a gun to your head, so don’t feel obliged to purge your wardrobe of things you genuinely don’t want to live without in the name of space-saving. Do consider investing in some neat storage containers, though.
10. Tag on means time to go
Save for the odd lockdown purchase that still needs a real-life road test, it goes without saying that anything that has been gathering dust in your wardrobe with the tag still attached should not survive the detox. Pieces that are BNWT (Gen-Z speak for “brand new with tags”), are more attractive on resale sites, so get snapping and uploading.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

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