2016-anniv-9a-0-b-mansions-millionaires-photo-for-contributors-page-jpgVICTORIA FRANCIOSA’S background in Art History has afforded her a unique approach to branding and advertising on the world stage.  She is one of the founding members of AmpedMediaStudios as well as founder and head designer of Bishop & Medusa.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentino Garavani's Château de Wideville celebrates his passion for all things Chinese.

Valentino Garavani’s Château de Wideville celebrates his passion for all things Chinese.

 

 

 

Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville

By Victoria Franciosa 

 

 

 

Valentino… A name that is as synonymous with glamour, as it is with perfection.

 

Valentino has been a long sought after designer to the wealthy few who can afford his gowns laden with beauty and extreme precise detailing.  Known as “the bespoke clothier” with an eccentric internal guide, Valentino drives his muse to the point of impossible beauty, with creativity and workmanship.

 

Understatement is not a concept that famed Valentino Garavani is familiar with, which makes the interiors of the designer's private spaces, such a fantastical feast for the eyes.

Understatement is not a concept that famed Valentino Garavani is familiar with, which makes the interiors of the designer’s private spaces, such a fantastical feast for the eyes.

 

A collector of houses, self admittedly, Valentino adores decorating his homes with the help of interior designers.  However, his vision of contradiction comes through in the way he has styled his homes.  Warmth with a strong aesthetic to a sterile, museum element, he introduces – even in his interior designs – an Asian blueprint amongst the traditional Italian vogue he is so famously known for.

 

Valentino Garavani with one of his beloved pugs, at his Chateau de Wildville on the outskirts of Paris.

Valentino Garavani with one of his beloved pugs, at his Chateau de Wildville on the outskirts of Paris.

 

Chateau de Wideville, is no exception.  Nestled in the outskirts of Paris, grandeur meets you on a big scale!  Valentino’s eight-bedroom home, complete with outer-building, sprawls with inspiration from 1920s Shanghai.

 

Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace as one of the greatest haute couture designers in the world.

Valentino Garavani designs his luncheons and dinners the way he has created crescendos and allegros vivace as one of the greatest haute couture designers in the world.

 

In 1995, Valentino purchased this masterpiece, created in the 17th century for Louis XIII’s finance minister, and one-time home to Louis XIV’s mistress.

 

Upon acquisition of the mansion, Valentino hired acclaimed architectural interior designer, Henri Samuel, to redesign his home to match his elaborate, impossible idea of perfection.  For one year, he would embark upon this steadfast project, living and breathing the design of Chinese artists of bygone centuries.

 

Allegros Vivace.

Allegros Vivace.

 

The home was redesigned from the front entrance courtyard and surroundings.  The interior was altered with furniture, fabrics and epitomes of a Chinese Tea House, including actual ancestral portraits from the Qing-Dynasty.  Valentino went so far as to modify the windowsills with stark, hand painted shades.  Doorframes and wall coverings are in graphic contrast – extreme perfection, to match his passion for Chinese art.

 

Valentino Garavani's Chateau de Wildfille.

Valentino Garavani’s Chateau de Wildfille.

 

As you travel through his glorious home, you can’t help but sense how important his family and friends are to him, through photos of experiences and loved ones scattered throughout the rooms. 

 

Valentino’s favorite spot on the estate?  It has been revealed to be the winter garden.

 





One Response to “MANSIONS & MILLIONAIRES – Valentino’s Chateau de Wideville”

  1. Annette Franciosa | 11.25.16 at 9:11 AM said…

    So nice to see that Family and friends are very important to Valentino.

    Friendship is wealth without measure….Best times in our life rich or poor are
    spent with our best friends and families.

    Look forward to the next issue.

 

 


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