Italy and Spain

by Chéri Marie

Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend and what a weekend it was! Millions of people watched the Euro 2012 final game on Sunday to see Spain vs. Italy…like the others, it was another fantastic game! Though Spain won, both countries win when it comes to fashion:) Here are two designers I’d like to highlight in honor of Euro 2012 🙂


This fashion house was founded by Cristobal Balenciaga Eizaguirre of Spain. His first boutique opened in Spain in 1919 and he later moved to Paris to continue where he opened a couture house in 1937.

Balenciaga 1955


He closed his fashion house in 1968 and died in 1972. Today, the Balenciaga fashion legacy continues under the owners of the Gucci Group.


This Italian fashion house was started by Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani in 1959 in Rome after studying in Paris. He became known for his red dresses which were in a hue later dubbed “Valentino Red”.

Valentino 1968

Valentino and his partner sold the fashion house in 1998 and he fully retired with a fashion show in 2008. His legacy clearly continues today…

Of course, there are many other amazing fashion houses from these two countries that I could have chosen for this post but that will just give me something more to write about in the future:)

Here’s to both Spain and Italy ~