Valentino Haute Couture 2012 Featured

airy silhouettes and floral prints inspired by 18th century Enlightenment
by 27 January 2012

PARIS - Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli first earned their designing chops with accessories, thus learning the art of telling a big story with a relatively small product. They have beautifully transitioned this skill to the iridescent and superbly feminine garments we have seen walk across Parisian runways over the past few seasons. The latest Valentino Haute Couture collection marks an epic moment for the design duo as they tell a truly fantastical story filled with floral motifs and lace. The long and short-skirted white numbers had us thinking bridal wear - not over the top, but demure, sophisticated and entirely of another era.

Inspired by French thought in the 18th century, Chiuri and Piccioli looked to accentuate the value of couture fashion using the principles of the Age of Enlightment. Watching the new collection was most certainly an enlightening experience as we got an eyeful of light hues and fabrics that gave models an ethereal appeal as though they had popped out of a storybook.

Victorian bib-cuts, rounded-bell short sleeves, bead-encrusted gowns, transparent lace sleeves and gloves were some of our favourite highlights in the new collection - the stuff fairytales are made of. Their atelier is the stuff of legend and the hand stitching is practically invisible to the naked eye. All in all, an illuminating affair.

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