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Our pick of the best looks from the fall/winter 2011-2012 Valentino runway

Valentino have been making fashion design history for many decades, and each season the marque renews its magic with the latest urban fashions and styles. LUXOS provides its hints and tips on using Valentino for some favourite looks.

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Elegant and impeccably cut, couture is regarded as the highest form of fashion design. Valentino was founded on the feminine ideal, inspired by the glamorous women of old Hollywood and the fancy for a decadent lifestyle.These clothes have flown around the world, gliding across red carpets, dancing in top-billed ballets, dining at White House banquets and hanging in the closets of the most influential and iconic women of the past half-century.

From the very start, the overarching goal of Valentino was to make a woman look and feel beautiful, employing the most intricate and flattering cuts intended to fall flawlessly against the figure. What started as the dream of a young and ambitious Italian couturier on Rome’s swanky Via Condotti, walked its latest runway show for Paris Fashion Week in the historic Jardin des Tuileries. The looks for this fall/winter season are timeless and iconic, saluting the heritage of the Valentino name while at the same time looking towards the future of fashion.

Valentino Fall/Winter 2011-2012

The new collection designed by Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli celebrates the culture of couture, commissioning the finest quality along with the most expensive fabrics and sewing techniques completed by only the most experienced seamstresses. These seamstresses have a reputation for employing hand-executed methods that require great time and precision to get it just right.

Each piece in the collection is created unique, using a special knitting known as intarsia that creates patterns with multiple combinations and contrasts in colour and material. No matter the occasion, shop for your new outfit with ease by using our picks from the new collection on the next pages.

Uptown chic

Meeting friends for a late lunch in the city centre? This season is all about colour coordination, a style practice perfected by Italian fashionistas. Pick up a lace chiffon blouse in one of the new fall colours like beige, dark red or midnight blue. If it's cooler out, pair with matching trousers and a cardigan jacket done in super soft double cashmere. On warmer days, switch up the look with a knee-length flared skirt, our favourite this season because of how it sashays with every step.

Valentino is doing snakeskin and studs this season for accessories so go for an oversized foldable clutch to polish your look. The clutch design ensures elegance, while the size means more space for your smartphone, makeup compact and other essentials so you can stay out on your day out. Pick up the pattern in your footwear with colourful snakeskin boots.

Lovely in lace

Need to be cocktail ready in less than 24 hours? Evening wear from Valentino is your best bet to be both lovely and appropriately dressed. We fell in love with the romantic knee and floor length cocktail dresses handmade in chantilly lace. The trick to wearing them is to cinch at the waist with a narrow belt, this gives them graceful movement.The lace is chosen for its special quality that gives off a 'chiaroscuro' effect, creating both light and dark shadows on the garments that come in a range of fall hues.

Go for a semitransparent look that gives just the slightest glimpse of the arm, thigh, or décolletage depending on which dress We're inclined to go for a dress that has a feminine, floral accent. Flowers applied to the lace give a romantic, almost lingerie-like effect, a big trend for fall/winter. If petals aren't for you, then go for blurry feminine prints or feather details to give more dimension to your evening look. Keep the colours in your evening ensemble classic for fall, but cover up with a vibrant leather jacket. We pick the soft and matte leather trench in emerald green, you'll be stylishly unmissable, so this way your date can easily spot you at the door and whisk you away for a night to remember.