Maria Grazia Chiuri's Best Looks From Her Time at Valentino
When Valentino Garavani stepped down from his role as creative director of his eponymous fashion house in 2007, he tapped Alessandra Facchinetti — now the creative director of Tod's — to take up his mantle. She was ousted just one year later and replaced by two relative unknowns, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, who were also hand-picked by the label's founder. They presented their first couture collection in Fall 2008, and over the past decade, they've become one of fashion's favorite design duos, revitalizing the storied brand much as Alessandro Michele has more recently done with Gucci or like Nicolas Ghesquière at Louis Vuitton. Reuters broke the story this morning that she is to take up Raf Simons's legacy at Dior following this summer's Paris couture presentations. It marks the first time that a woman has had lead creative control at Dior in the house's more-than-70-year history. Now, it's up to Chiuri to bring some of that Valentino romanticism to the label, though what her aesthetic will look like solo remains to be seen: She and Piccioli have worked in tandem since 1991. Over that time, the pair has made the Valentino name synonymous with an edgy romantic flair — their Rockstud collection crystallizes this dynamic with its soft pastels and biker-ready studs — both in couture and ready-to-wear. They have emphasized couture work, brought the formal cape back to the runway, and, more recently, incorporated increasing references to the label's Roman heritage. Here, we look back on the best of Maria Grazia Chiuri's tenure at Valentino.