The house of Valentino always follows its own path during Fashion Week; eschewing trends, it sticks to the classically feminine aesthetic established by founder Valentino Garavani over 40 years ago. For spring/summer 2013 the look was slightly darker than usual; nudes and blacks made up the bulk of the collection, with an unusual python green, shiny navy and the signature Valentino red appearing only briefly at the end of the show.
Using sheer layers and, of course, lace, Valentino showed several variations on its signature shape: a high neckline, nipped-in waist, puffed sleeves and flowing skirt. There were, however, hints of a new direction in the collection’s outerwear; a brilliant red leather coat and a 60s-style, see-through plastic mac were highlights. It seems designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have finally found their feet and are now beginning to branch out. It will be interesting to watch the brand’s shows in seasons to come as Chiuri and Piccioli slowly start to experiment with Valentino’s iconic, ladylike look.
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