yesterday i did a post on the opera la traviata that valentino garavani designed the costumes for and sofia coppola directed. of course one of the four gowns valentino designed for the lead character violetta was red. valentino is known for his red dresses, the color is wildly known as valentino red.
to celebrate last nights premier of the opera and the triumphant success of valentino’s collaboration with sofia, i thought i’d pay a tribute to valentino by showcasing some of his famous dresses in valentino red- bravo!
there are big events and then there are big events. a very big event just took place, valentino and sofia coppola made an opera.
valentino garavani emerged back onto the fashion scene, it’s not like he really left, to design costumes for la traviata, an opera that just premiered at the teatro dell’opera di rome. valentino designed four dresses being worn by the lead character violetta. grazia chiuri and pierpaolo piccoli, the current creative directors of valentino, designed the costumes for the rest of the cast.
valentino and his business partner giancarlo created a new foundation and this is the first cultural project associated with it. they wanted the production to feel new and modern so they tapped sofia coppola to direct it.
elegance and beauty are the dominant themes of “la traviata”, therefore valentino and coppola are the perfect match. the 15 performance run of the opera is already sold out, it’s proving to be the biggest box office hit in the history of the theatre in rome since it opened in 1880.
bravo valentino, not only for your beautiful couture designs, but for enhancing the arts, shedding a beautiful light on the opera and creating a big event.
the cannes film festival is wrapping up this weekend. as always the red carpet has taken center stage at the festival…i think the fashion and the entrances of the actresses are becoming more important than the movies themselves…
here are my favorite looks from this week at the festival (see last weeks list here)…lots of chic looks, but kate moss stole the show in a vintage red halston column…elegant, simple, timeless and a lesson in restraint. there’s nothing like a a chic red gown on the red carpet.
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