Leads Campaign Against Shoulder Pads, Grunge

Valentino Celebrates 45th Anniversary By Leading Army of Well-Dressed Mannequins

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Rome’s Arch of Peace just got a makeover. Party planners fitted the 2000-year old structure with 300 of Italian designer Valentino’s breathtaking dresses.

The next three days will be filled all sorts of star studded as Uma Thurman, Elizabeth Hurley, Sienna Miller and that fashion tyrant, Anna Wintour gather to celebrate Valentino’s 45-years as a style god.

Opening the festivities, which climax with Valentino’s autumn/winter haute couture collection, the 75-year fashionista took a dig at what he calls the “worst moments in fashion”, including the 1980s,

I hate the 80’s – all that hair, the make-up, the ugly proportions. The shoulder pads were so big, sometimes they (Joan Collins and Linda Evans) looked like they could fly… Grunge was outrageous, non-fashion, a mélange of bric-a-brac and minimalism was an offense to women. They all looked so terrible, like little nuns running around.

And Valentino dresses no saints.

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