Fashion: Valentino the Victorious

With Paris couture in the doldrums, the world's most sought-after designer is rapidly becoming Rome's Valentino. At 35 he has an unexcelled roster of customers trooping into his salon at 24 Via Gregoriana, led by Jackie Kennedy, who these days seldom buys from anybody else. More important, he improves with age; each Valentino collection strikes fashion editors as better than the last. When he showed his spring and summer clothes in Rome this winter, he declared them "the best I've ever done" and nobody in attendance would gainsay the king of Rome. Cried Vogue: "He has become the...