News Alert: Valentino Retires!

09/04/2007 at 04:40 PM ET

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Celebrating his 45th Anniversary in Rome this July with a blow-out weekend of events — (A gala at the Temple of Venus one night! Fireworks set off from the Colosseum the next!) — Valentino admitted, “It was a moment that will be impossible to repeat.” And so, despite pleas from anxious fashionistas around the globe, Valentino announced his retirement on Tuesday. “At this time, I have decided that is the perfect moment to say adieu to the world of fashion,” the designer, 74, said in a statement released to PEOPLE. “As the English say, I would like to leave the party when it is still full.” The couturier, who has dressed everyone from Sophia Loren to Julia Roberts, will design one last ready-to-wear collection, to be shown during Paris fashion week in October, and a final haute couture collection, scheduled for January. The label will continue under new design leadership. No doubt Valentino’s retirement will be a source of grief for many red carpet stars. “I want him to continue designing for 100 more years!” Anne Hathaway told PEOPLE during the festivities in Rome in July, calling his clothes, “elegant, whimsical and very powerful.” Uma Thurman agreed, telling PEOPLE that “when I wear his clothes, I feel privileged.” So, incidentally, did Valentino. “I have been very lucky to be able to do what I have loved all my life,” he said. “There can be few greater gifts than that.”

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Jenn on

WHYYYYY!!!!!!!! I love his clothes they are so beautiful this is a very sad day but its bound to happen sometime.

kate on

I am just wondering…………Is he gay and why has he never come out and Been a strong force in that community?

SamanthaMeg on

i am so sad to see that Valentino is retiring. It is nice to know that he left a large mark in the fashion industry, and i hope that future designers look to his designs for inspiration.

Elle on

NO! He made the most gorgeous clothes! We love you Valentino!

Junie on

Valentino’s clothes are gorgeous! Like the world is coming to and end!!!

Hani on

OMG i can’t believe it i live for him!!!!!!! my reason for living is to on day maybe if i’m lucky own a dress designed by him(i know stupid but hey we all have our stupid reasons)

aldendemoss on

I hope the new designer leader can live up to what Valentino has done.

Jenny on

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS, I WANT TO BE A DESIGNER BECAUSE HE INSPIRED ME AND NOW HE’S GONE………EVEN MY EMAIL HAVE SOMETHING OF HIM.I LITERALLY CRIED WHEN I FOUND OUT…..VALENTINO YOU ARE MY GOD AND I GOING TO MISS YOU AND STILL BELIEVING IN MY DREAM AND I WILL BE A DESIGNER.

ADIOS MAESTRO

Michael on

OMG!!! I’m so sad . . . he’s an amazing desinger who knows how to dress a woman. And his men’s suits are nothing to sneeze at either! I own several of them and have had the pleasure of wearing some of them to red carpet events. There will never be anyone like him in the world of fashion again. Elegant, talented, and most of all, a gentleman.

Rudy on

Valentino had a brilliant career. He was a gifted, creative man who definitely had a touch for designing the exquisite.

We love you, Valentino!! Please pass your legacy onto a worthy apprentice, although you will never be replaced in this girl’s heart! <3

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