Valentino has partnered with Italian decorative arts company Fornasetti for a limited edition capsule collection (designed by designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, and a hearty dose of “Valentino red).

Inspired by the psychological concept of “parallel vision,” which entails the ability of the brain to simultaneously process incoming stimuli of differing quality, this collection combines the haunting illustrations by 20th century painter Piero Fornasetti with the Valentino camo pattern in a variety of objects including sunglasses, an eyewear travel case and accompanying wooden box, a silk scarf, two wooden trays, a porcelain plate and a wooden stool.

So, on the heels of their New York flagship opening, the label’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, will stage a haute couture spectacle uptown at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The one-night-only event will also debut a collaboration with Barnaba Fornasetti, who took over his family’s design and decorative arts firm after his father Piero’s death in 1988. Each of the items — a stool, a foulard, a serving tray, an eyeglasses case and a plate — corresponds to one of the five senses.

Do note this: the collection will debut at the Valentino Sala Bianca 945 event in New York on December 11th.


Remember:  Piero Fornasetti (10 November 1913 – 9 October 1988) was an Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He lived most of life in Milan, attending the Brera Art Academy from 1930-32 when he was expelled for insubordination. During World War II, he went into exile in Switzerland from 1943-46. He created more than 11,000 items, many featuring the face of a woman, operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri, as a motif. Fornasetti found her face in a 19th-century magazine.