Vintage Label of the Week: Valentino

Posted by Sophie McFegan Vintage Fashion Intern

30th Oct 2013

Go to the Oxfam Online Shop


Forget the mini, forget the maxi; this season is all about the just-below-the-knee midi skirts. It's the pencil vs. the circle, a silhouette synonymous with office wear and style reminiscent of the Dior 1940's New Look. Both shapes are flatteringly feminine, and here at Oxfam Online we have selected our favourite fabrics, prints and colours that are perfect for autumn/winter!

Milan Fashion Week drew to a close this week and as we long for a Sicilian inspired Dolce & Gabbana silk dress, gawp at the ridiculous Moschino teddy-bear head dress and basically celebrate the delights and creativity of Italian designers past and present, we have been enjoying delving into the history of perhaps one of the most iconic; Valentino.


We are always finding hidden gems in amongst our vintage carousels, and this week didn't disappoint... 
Take a look at this amazing 1980's Miss V, Valentino woollen pencil skirt (size 14) in military green. In near perfect condition, we really do love being able to discover exciting and one-off pieces to share with all of you vintage aficionados out there!

The structured silhouette of the pencil, along with the three golden and tortoiseshell button detail to the left hand side gives the skirt its military uniform vibe. Style it with a silky shirt, delicate gold jewellery and black leather accessories for an instant style fix, and bring this 1980's knee length pencil right up-to-date.


As the name suggests, Valentino as a brand represents elegance, romanticism and beauty. Always contrary to fashion fads, opting out of the 1960's mod length hemlines in favour of designing lavish gowns for women with an eye for beauty; Valentino Garavani has stood at the forefront of the fashion industry for over half a century.

Labelled by Vogue as one of Italy's finest exports, his first couture collection was shown in 1962 at the breathtakingly beautiful Pitti Palace, Florence. This milestone in his career was seen as his breakthrough into the industry, earning him prominent status among the rich and famous of Italian society and defining him as a reputable couturier. Over the years to follow Valentino gained loyal fans in the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy, whose constant publicity saw his designs were at the heart of the global fashion industry, featured in Vogue and always in demand.

Over his long stretching career, Valentino has always kept the splendour of fashion at the very heart of his iconic label. Creating flatteringly feminine, figure emphasising garments in beautiful, delicate fabrics was always his dream. As a young boy of 17, shipped off to Paris to study the subject he was to dedicate his life to, emerging as a flourished designer.



 http://www.flickr.com/photos/registrandotudo/2328742171/

While Garavani himself is no longer at the helm as creative director, his legacy lives on in Alessandra Facchinetti's capable hands.
Without having to splash the cash on a piece of ready-to-wear Valentino, you can own a little piece of Italian fashion history in the form of this 1980's pencil, perfect for this season, in near mint condition and embodying our new skirt shape completely!


Blog post written by Sophie McFegan

Vintage Fashion Intern

More by Sophie McFegan