The idea at Valentino this season was Operas. Each dress was supposed to represent a different libretto. Unfortunately, the theory didn’t hold up so well in practice.
I don’t think it was an accident this dress was released two days before the Grammys, so that the always-literal Katy Perry could think herself clever and fashion forward by snatching it up.
Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli claimed that eccentricity was their inspiration for the PreFall line over at Valentino, but I don’t see it. I saw birds and butterflies.
I *suppose* one could say a cloak with an enormous butterfly impression is eccentric. I say I’d wear it in a heart beat.
Over at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli decided to take “Opera” as their inspiration. This lead to a mishmash of styles folded together like a costume designer on acid.
For an opening outfit, the look struck Native American chords, mixed with Italian drama and Mediterranean style embroidery.
The designers over at Valentino decided to take their inspiration from wunderkammer for this season’s couture collection. Even curiouser Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli also decided to focus on daywear for once. Well, daywear for the sort of lady whgo had nowhere to be during the day except fabulous.
The “Cabinet of Curiosities” theme echoed through the opening look in the scroll work of the day gown, with oddities peering out at breast, belly, thigh and shin.
Valentino doesn’t know how to do “relaxed.” It’s just not part of their vocabulary–at least not the kind of relaxed that other designers do. They claimed to be aiming for relaxed. Instead they ended up in “military.”
Relaxed Military, that is. For the military lady going out on leave in the summer. But don’t be fools. One wrong move, and your ass is grass.
The designers at Valentino showed Vermeer and other Dutch masters paintings as their inspiration calling it “sensual, yet severe.”
Yet the end result was still so recognizably Valentino–Albeit with large, oversized white collars and cuffs.
Valentino presented something magical with this collection. So much hand rolled piping. So much detail! So much perfection, they made it look easy.
This opener of a dress in the signature Valentino red over layers of dreamy organza was an exclamation point of where this collection started, and proclaimed from here it was on going up.
Seventy Looks?!? Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino are certainly into prolific output, even for PreFall. There was lots of everything, all of it leaning in a regal direction.
Capes for instantance. There were lots of capes. But sensible capes, for the girl on the go who prefers to wear patent leather. Wipe and go!
Valentino‘s show could rightly be called “Laser Cut Outs Meets the Edwardian Era.” That’s a bit of an over simplification, of course, but it’s not all together wrong either.
I really like the delicate lace feeling these holes give the dress, even though it does feel a bit nighty-ish.
Valentino is a house that everyone associates with the color red.
That’s why the designers decided they were going to blow everyone’s minds and go blue.
The words “deconstructed victorian” came to mind upon seeing this opening number. There wasn’t quite the follow through necessary to call it the over all theme to the show, so instead I’ll call it an undercurrent.