NEW YORK — For all the whirlwind appearances of Valentino Garavani’s career in the past year — selling his company to Marzotto, opening new stores, a watch license, dressing Jennifer Lopez for her second wedding, and maybe her third, even showing up as a character in Joan Collins’ new novel — staying relevant to the whims of fashion after 43 years in business has had a calming affect on the designer.

Since Marzotto acquired Valentino from HdP at the end of March, the designer and his business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti, feel they now have a partner that understands and respects the nuances of a designer business, resulting in markedly improved working conditions for the duo.

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