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To be born with a life-lasting desire and mission

To be born with a life-lasting desire and mission. Talking here of unique Valentino, the worldly known haute-couture designer from Italy who is now 86 years old. He celebrated his 45 years of hard work and career in 2007 during the month of July, after which our greatest female dresses maker gradually gave up his power and role within the company group. In 2012, the Valentino Fashion Group (also including the licence for the M Missoni label) went to the Mayhoola for Investment – belonging to the Emir Sheikh of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani – versus more than 700 million euros. The seller was the company Red&Black from Luxembourg, 80% of which was owned by the London private equity fund Permira and 20% by part of the Marzotto family who were already minority shareholders from 2007, when the same company bought the VFG for 2,6 billions. The Advisors for Permira were in 2012 Mediobanca and UniCredit plus the law firms Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Freshfileds Bruckhaus Deinger. Now, the point is I did live in such a splendor of refined taste, savoir-faire and sophistication, highly elegant beauty: talking of these magicians during end of 1900 such as Armani, Versace, Ferrè and, above all and above any other, him-Valentino Garavani, with his unique Red. He spent his life on his dream and project and business and finally goal and internationally recognized success. And, what’s so moving of Valentino’s life up to now and of his the story the way it’s told in VALENTINO, L’ULTIMO IMPERATORE, is his dedication and passion and capacity of focusing on his love to be understood as both his artistic creations on the cat walk and his deep deep relationship with his companion, Giancarlo Giammetti, almost a man in his shadow who gave him strength and an incredible amount of patience but also love. The 45 years of career celebration meant a big result also for Valentino and Giancarlo, cause they had been working together and struggling at the beginning o their association for those 45 years during which – Giammetti says so – they almost never detached. I don’t wanna say more, I believe this story and these characters teach a lot already. if you know what you want and what you are doing to make it and you are not alone then go on cause you might succeed. To be talented and to train your talent knowing how to do or learning it is a gift and means being a step ahead. But to also be loved and sustained in what you do is a great success key that can make a difference. Valentino you inspire us.

Trailer (half It half Eng): www.youtube.com/watch?v=Br1CtJkj2l4

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