The Schiaparelli launch, sans designer, has been accelerated by the show at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Della Valle admitted.
The Italian fashion entrepreneur, who also recently bought Roger Vivier, explained that he wanted to own these two houses 'because they are full of esthetic culture. They were founded by true artists who wanted to make the best products in the most sophisticated way. Luxury today is synonymous with the proliferation of stores, but true luxury is meant for reservation', Della Valle said. 'The time will come when luxury will be distinguished from notoriety'.
Among the names being aired is that of John Galliano, but no matter, the house on Place Vendome is decorated and ready to open for business, with Ines de la Fressange among its interior designers. It features Alberto Giacometti columns and ashtrays, Surrealist zoomorphic furniture originally designed by Salvador Dali, a Calder tapestry, and many contemporary art pieces. 'Elsa Schiaparell's huge personality does not frighten me, nor does the strength of an incredible woman who managed to take control of her own life', said Khelfa. 'I too was saved by Paris and poverty, which push you to seek, to look for new solutions, to find an interesting style'.(ANSAMed).