moved to Paris when he was 17 to study design at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Which is another way of saying that he learned from the masters. In 1962, Florence was Italy's fashion capital, and Valentino's debut collection there was a roaring success, followed by cascades of orders from foreign buyers and raves in the fashion presses.
One of his biggest fans was Jacqueline Kennedy, who ordered several Valentino couture dresses in black and white for her year of mourning after President Kennedy's death in 1963. Valentino also designed her wedding dress when she married Aristotle Onassis in 1968. For anyone interested in some graphic design trivia, you can reproduce Valentino's trademark red, which is officially called "rosso Valentino," using the CMYK color model on PhotoShop, Quark, or other design software by using 100% magenta, 100% yellow, and 10% black. Cool! But on to the sunglasses.
are favored by stylemakers like Gwen Stefani, Cameron Diaz, Lauren Conrad, and Jennifer Lopez. Many of the styles are reminiscent of the large square frames favored by Mrs. Kennedy-Onassis back in the 60s and 70s. For example, the VA5489/S is a rectangular frame in classic Havana with brown lenses. As an added touch of fabulosity, it has the Valentino logo in rhinestones on the temple. And of course, they block 100% of the UVA and UVB rays that can damage your eyes.
The VA3001/S is a softer, rounder frame, done up in a classic Tortoise frame. It has a more subtle version of the Valentino logo on the side pieces, but don't worry, the style will draw plenty of attention anyway. This is an elegant, gracefully shaped frame that would work well on women who have angular faces or oval faces.
If nothing less than all-out glamour will do, then have a look at the VA5559/S. It is rectangular, but slightly "butterfly" shaped - taller at the sides than in the middle. The outer lenses have a cutaway design, and the temples on the VA5559/S are gorgeously encrusted with the Valention logo and rhinestone detailing. The frame itself is a deep Violet Shaded color with lenses of Mauve Mirror Bronze.
Valentino's VA5551/S is a very Jackie Kennedy-esque style that has become a classic and remained so through trend after trend. They're rectangular Black frames with Smoke colored lenses, and the Valentino logo done boldly in rhinestones on the side pieces. If you buy these, your niece, your mother, and your best friend will all be trying to borrow them all the time. Which is all the more reason you should wear them all the time!