Maria Grazia Chiuri greatest hits at Valentino
Maria Grazia Chiuri left Valentino for Dior. Chiuri is leaving after 17 years with the brand and eight in her role as co-creative director. Chiuri and Piccioli first worked together at Fendi for 10 years. Garavani selected the designers to boost his brand’s accessories category, which they did, rejuvenating that division. They were promoted to creative directors of accessories at Valentino when Alessandra Facchinetti was assigned the same title for ready-to-wear after Garavani retired in 2007. In 2008, they succeeded Facchinetti as creative directors of the brand. Since being promoted to that position (they oversee Rde Valentino too) Maria Grazia Chuiri and Pierpaolo Picciolo accomplished what very few of their peers have in the succession game: They created a crystal-clear aesthetic for a house that already had a very iconic one and were responsible for the successful redefinition of the Valentino brand codes and the reinvigoration of the business, which reached revenues of $1 billion in 2015 (lucrative accessories now account for nearly half of sales in some stores).
The Rockstud collection: shoes
Valentino’s ‘Rockstud’ embellishments are a tribute to Rome – inspired by the studs that traditionally decorate the city’s doors.