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Fashion kicks the new year off with a bang: Not only does January herald the drama and glamour of the haute couture, which takes over Paris from the 19th, but this is the month of the menswear shows, as well. Valentino has a long history in menswear—the house launched its menswear business in 1969, and opened its first dedicated menswear shop on the Via Condotti two years later. Yet as Mr. Valentino has admitted, he never sketched a single look for men—relying, instead, on his own taste for retro-style elegance to build a dedicated clientele. There have also been some notable campaigns, shot by photographers such as Steven Meisel and Herb Ritts, and featuring soon-to-be-very-famous famous like Rupert Everett, who appeared in Valentino Uomo advertisements in the mid-eighties. Still, there’s a darkhorse candidate for the prize of All-Time Best Wearer of a Valentino suit: Linda Evangelista may just take the cake, posing for Peter Lindbergh in Valentino Uomo in 1991. To paraphrase that old song: Anything boys can do, she can do better.


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