I’m in Shanghai right now and despite severe jet lag, I am managing to take in all of the city’s finest thanks to Valentino, my host. It’s so exciting to be back in the city my grandmother grew up in, especially for a very special Valentino show. The Italian fashion power house has just opened a new flagship boutique in Shanghai at the IAPM mall (the second largest in the world second only to Milano!), and to fete the event, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have created the Shanghai collection, which will be sold here months before it hits other boutiques. What’s exciting is this is a totally different collection created specifically for the store grand opening.
I have fallen completely head over heels with Shanghai this trip. Each time I come, the city embraces me even closer. I never thought I’d ever say this but Paris and New York City have serious competition here – with everything from fashion to pop culture to food, there is nothing quite like Shanghai! But don’t worry if you can’t make it to China for this show – because Valentino will be bringing the runway to you in just a few short moments at 8 a.m. EST. A front row seat from the comfort of your own home? Doesn’t get much better than that – enjoy the show here!