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WALL STREET JOURNAL
MAY 15, 2010.The T-Shirt, Valentino-Style
Text By CHRISTINA BINKLEY
BEVERLY HILLS—"For decades, the name Valentino evoked layers of crimson silk chiffon and shimmering satin floating down the red carpet amidst an explosion of flashbulbs, the über-tanned Valentino Garavani looking on.
But Mr. Garavani, 78, is in retirement these days, and the look in the window of the Valentino boutique on Rodeo Drive last week was a red t-shirt. Granted, with its strip of lace racing along the throat, a bouquet of embroidered silk roses, and $790 price tag, this t-shirt won't be mistaken for Hanes. But Valentino?
The timing could be seen as a little odd, given the global downturn and the recent emphasis on austerity that has shifted the focus from the $300 jeans to $60 versions. One early success: a €290 (about $360) Valentino t-shirt that sold out at Colette in Paris during couture week in February. It was imprinted with an orchid made of the flotsam that falls to a designer's floor—organza and sequins and lace. The assemblage was photographed, then printed on the inside of the shirt's jersey fabric, giving it a ghostly shadow from within. "These are dangerous flowers," said Mr. Piccioli. "Not garden party."
Valentino stores are carrying 10 tee styles priced from $590 to $1,980 depending on the lace, embroidery, crinoline and other detailing that rides atop that basic jersey tee. Each season, there will be more.
"This is anathema to [Mr.] Valentino," said Mr. Sassi of the designer, who retired in 2008 with a party in Rome. He said he hasn't actually asked the opinion of Mr. Garavani, who skipped the brand's Paris runway show in March, but he noted with a shrug, "We know this through people."
Several attempts to reach Mr. Garavani went unanswered, as did emails to former Valentino chief executive Matteo Marzotto.
A basic white T-shirt in jersey and lace becomes anything but basic. At $395, the white cotton top with delicate lace bow detail and sleeves is the most precious t-shirt I have ever seen. Priced at $395 this is not your run-of-the-mill charity tee, but what else would you expect from a Milanese luxury brand."
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