Illustrations By Ellinor Forje
Once upon a time there lived an Emperor whose only worry in life was to dress women in elegant clothes. He created new garments every season and loved to show them off.
"Look at the Emperor's new clothes. They're beautiful!"
That's exactly what I thought, before I sat down to replicate one of the photos (the first illustration) of a Valentino campaign I'd seen in "Vogue" a few seasons ago. The other illustrations are sketches of editorial spreads that I've seen and liked, in different magazines here and there.
I love Valentino. I love how he pays attention to the hour-glass figure: Reminding me that I'm yet to watch "Valentino - The Last Emperor". In this documentary, we supposedly learn through Giancarlo Giammetti, that Valentino's love for colours, patterns and cloth, is only rivaled by his adoration for le bronzage . The vanity! But then again, it's okay to be vainglorious, when your name is Valentino Garavani.