Valentino Garavani

Valentino, as the Valentino SpA brand is known among followers, has been a leading light in men’s and women’s fashion since the namesake designer debuted in the 1960s. Distinguished by the trademark “Valentino Red” that often appeared in his collections, as well as his many illustrious clients – including Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Queen Paola of Belgium – the Italian designer quickly became one of the most trusted visionaries in fashion, from ready-to-wear and haute couture to accessories and eyewear. After retiring in 2007, Valentino passed on the torch to Pierpaolo Piccioli, who guides the ready-to-wear and haute couture collections as sole creative director.