In any given context, a quarter of a century is a really long time. It's a milestone in the sanctity of marriage, but even more so in design partnership. So as spring 2017 marked Maria Grazia Chiuri's historic first outing over at Dior, let's not forget that it's also Pierpaolo Piccioli's virgin solo charge here at Valentino. Eight years ago, signor Garavani himself appointed the pair as co-creative directors, a move that soon established the duo as fairy godmothers for girls the world over with their dreamy concoctions. But, what are these profound creatives capable of apart? 

You've seen Chiuri seize the day at Dior, and now it's all up to Piccioli. "I'll do it my way", the designer told The New York Times. "Even if together, the Beatles were the Beatles, [and] I don't think they could ever have written Imagine." As he steps up to the plate at 9:00pm tonight, stick around for Valentino's SS17 show as you might just witness the birth of fashion's John Lennon.