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HITTING THE DELETE KEY: Giancarlo Giammetti had a taste of just how powerful the Internet and social networking are when his remarks on the latest Valentino couture show sparked extensive response from his Facebook friends. Referring to the collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli and presented in Paris last month, Valentino Garavani’s longtime business partner said on his personal page that he was “just speechless.” Giammetti said he was “not sad…just surprised.…We have always supported the new designers and we love them, but this time we have to distance ourselves from this ridiculous circus.” The comments were subsequently deleted. On Wednesday, Giammetti told WWD his observations “provoked such a mass of comments from friends on Facebook” that he was prompted to “decide to delete [the quotes] because it was becoming [too] heavy.” Giammetti concluded both he and Garavani “are always supportive of the designers of Valentino, even if we don’t approve of their effort to be cool at all costs. But we will always be [supportive] of them.” The house of Valentino declined to comment.
— Luisa Zargani