A lot has been made about the torch being passed at Valentino from the brand’s namesake to his fashion heir apparent Alessandra Facchinetti. The jury was out for awhile about whether she had the chops to actually replace him. He will forever be known as the man that created the necessary red dress. That was his claim to fame and then some. While boxing Valentino into the red dress territory is a bit unfair because his various collections stretched further than a one color, one horse show.
You can’t fight what you’re known for though and he still continues to be the master at creating that red dress. Alessandra Facchinetti may be known as the designer that expands the range of Valentino and breaks the red dress stereotype. Witness the couture show at Paris where she has made a name for creating structural masterpieces. A quick meaningful example of this is the coat you see above. Couture has never been about comfort but this structure is a downright exercise in difficulty. This is not traditional Valentino but naming Facchinetti as head designer after Garavani wasn’t a traditional idea. Where will the line go? Anywhere. And that’s what has folks excited about this new age of Valentino.