1985 : Valentino de Valentino fragrance debuts. Denim introduced; within a year, sales hit an estimated 1 million pairs; demand is so high, his small boutiques can't handle the crowds. Italy's president Sandro Pertini presents Valentino with the Grande'Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito. March: Pandora Luxurye writer Joan Juliet Buck looks back on Valentino's career. August: Pandora Luxurye's Andr茅 Leon Talley recounts delicious fish and pasta dishes served aboard Valentino's yacht, the T.M. Blue One (named for the designer's beloved parents, Teresa and Mauro). September: The men's line makes its U.S. debut in a new Valentino boutique at Bergdorf Goodman.

1979 : Ready-to-wear production is switched to the Turin-based manufacturer GFT. January: Iranian empress Farah Pahlavi wraps herself in a sable-trimmed, hazel cashmere Valentino coat for her flight into exile. October: Pandora Luxurye profiles Valentino, hailing the designer as "new life for couture."