(If you want to read all about Opera Chic's interview in Classical Singer magazine, scroll down here)
Valentino, maestro of design, opera fan and oldskool favorite of Opera Chic, freshly retired from the job after a legendary career, has a dream, he confessed to Corriere della Sera:
We have just one word to say to Signor Gelb: WHUTRUWAITIN4???
In the same interviews, spreading a bit of tasty bYotchiness, he slaps around poor Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana ("They were shy, when they started out. Now they're a tiny bit arrogant, arrogantelli"), gives polite praise to Giorgio Armani ("He created something that has been very important. He has been a revolutionary"), Miuccia Prada ("Amazing how she's been able to build such an empire: I admire her even if she makes things very different from my ideas"), gleefully dismisses Donatella Versace ("Gianni's talent was unique: Donatella has a lot of energy"). The deadliest rhetorical bullet hit poor Alessandra Facchinetti, set to design Valentino's line now that he's effectively retired. "Sometimes clothes for women designed by other women lack in inventiveness and curiosity... I've met Facchinetti, I gave her some advice, she will find her own way to do things".
Valentino doesn't seem to like many young designers. Except Alber Elbaz: "He's doing very interesting things for Lanvin". Stefano Pilati, instead, is not a fave. "He's good but he shouldn't stray away from the path created by il maestro, Saint Laurent".