Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

So what did the totally not retiring Valentino churn out for his greatly-anticipated (and greatly-feted) 45th anniversary collection? Amazingly classic Valentino looks. And this is a good thing. To be creating a distinctly feminine and glamorous look for 45 years without ever falling victim to the times is quite the accomplishment, and this collection in particular is just the icing on the cake. Though Valentino pink seems to be the new Valentino red, this collection could have been from 10, 20, even 40 years ago. Well done, tanned one. Image gallery, after the jump.

Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

Now, Then, & Always: Valentino Couture at 45

[Rome, Italy; July 8. Images via Style.com]