Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Valentino, Retrospective: With The Experts

The anticipation is torturous, we know. Approximately 14 days are all that stands between you and the feast (to the eyes of course, the dresses aren't edible the last time we checked) of 100 Valentino dresses. But that doesn't stop us from still talking about it on our blog. Rubbing it in? Nah, we're probably just as, or even more, anxious than you are!

This week, we speak to 2 of our renowned local stylists - Karen Ng and Jerome Awasthi - on their take on the Italian's work. 

About them... 

Hailed as one of the "top 20 most invited socialites", Power Stylist Karen Ng is the founder of local style and image consultancy, Glitz, which targets high nett and high profile individuals. She is also the ambassador for French champagne brand G.H. Mumm.

Model-turned-stylist, Jerome Awasthi is no stranger to producing runway magic for international brand s like Marchesa, Louis Vuitton and Fendi nor fashioning budget buys to billion-dollar looks for magazines. Rising rapidly up the ranks in the local fashion scene, he was also named by Singapore as one of the 30 Singaporeans under 30 in 2008.

Here's what they said -

On Valentino as a brand...
Karen: As far back as I can remember, Valentino is a brand synonymous with elegance and grandeur. For me, this Italian powerhouse is the epitome of sophistication, fashion at its finest. Valentino knows women and his collections reflect his love of women and the female body.

Jerome: Valentino - the brand till this date still resounds beauty, glamor and royalty. Immaculate detailing and intricate craftsmanship with romantic detailing that makes the women feel like they are the most beautiful person in the world every time they put on a Valentino gown.

'Power Stylist' Karen Ng sporting a Valentino dress

"The Valentino woman is elusive, exclusive
and always enchanting."

On Valentino's impact on the fashion world...
Karen: If a woman is lucky enough to be draped in a gown by Valentino, she must already know that she is somebody special. From the Oscars and the Grammys to Cannes and the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), Valentino has dressed the world’s most beautiful, the rich and the famous. The Valentino woman is elusive, exclusive and always enchanting.

Jerome: The designer was the known as the emperor of Italian haute couture and known widely for designing exquisite red gowns widely sought after by actresses and socialites for their red carpet events.

Jerome Awasthi, Fashion Show Producer/ Fashion Stylist

"Immaculate detailing and intricate craftsmanship..."

On their favorite dress by the Italian fashion guru..

Valentino Evening ensemble Haute Couture
Autumn/Winter 2007–08, Model 170
Karen: I love this! It is the perfect shade of bubblegum pink that is every girl’s secret dream come true. Whimsical yet feminine and elegant at the same time, the cape is cleverly constructed to create glamour and intricacy to an otherwise timeless fitted gown.

Left: Valentino Cocktail dress Haute Couture
Spring/Summer 1960, Model 66 ‘Sarabanda’
Right: Valentino Cocktail dress Haute Couture
Spring/Summer 1959, Model 79 ‘Fiesta’

Jerome: The vintage 50's shape is making a big come back on the red carpet. This shape  elevates the elegance of a lady and is simply beautiful!

Even the experts rave about it.  

Come experience the magic this Dec 22 at the exclusive exhibition - Valentino, Retrospective: Past/ Present/ Future here at Resorts World Sentosa. 100 of Valentino's finest dresses, don't miss out!

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Click here for our previous post on Valentino.

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