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Beloved Italian designer Valentino Garavani may have retired from fashion (and left his house in the capable hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli) but his days remain jam-packed… mostly with getting dressed in the morning, collecting sets of china and changing his clothes again before dinner. The designer shared a day in his life with Harper’s Bazaar (a feature that has offered us many eccentric treasures in the past), but the major revelation is how strident his diet is:

10:30: I like to get up immediately and have my breakfast at a small folding table. My breakfast is rather simple, as are all other meals: berries and Greek yogurt and tea, and a cup of hot water with lemon.
1:45 P.M. Lunch is mostly in the jardin d’hiver, with a great view of the gardens. I am alone or with an associate or a friend, usually Giancarlo or Bruce [Hoeksema]. I try to eat a simple diet: no sugar, no milk, no dairy except goat cheese, no gluten pasta, Bio Rice, no meat, some fish (not the ones with mercury), vegetables, no potatoes, no bread except rice crackers or grissini, one glass of red wine, sugarless sherbet, all sweets made with almond milk and xylitol sweetener, and one coffee a day.

8:30 P.M. It’s now time for dinner. […] The diet is even lighter than lunch: never pasta at night, some fish and vegetables, and a glass of Brunello di Montalcino.

Emphasis ours.

We’re a little surprised by this–first, because he’s a designer and therefor his body isn’t under the same enormous pressure as other professionals in his field (like models and editors,); second, because he’s a man and therefor his body isn’t victim to the same scrutiny as any other woman in his field; and last, because he’s Italian.

Then again, we should never be surprised when someone in fashion eats like… someone in fashion.

(via Harper’s Bazaar)