Friday, January 28, 2011

Sheer Elegance: Valentino Spring 2011 Couture

This Spring has heralded something new in the world of fashion: not only a vast array of exciting, inspiring couture shows, but also the first Valentino show I have honestly been blown away by since the Emperor himself stepped down.

Exploring the limits of "ladylike" couture, this season's show flirted between clean, almost sharp prettiness and hypnotic, Rococo-esque eroticism. Although some of the first pieces were uniformly seventies inspired, the show gradually became more whimsical, the fabrics dissolving into gossamer wisps of frothy starlight. For me, these last pieces conjured up something like a Fragonard painting, starring Twiggy in a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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Of course, the exquisite work of Valentino's seamstresses will always be the house's legacy; without them, the show's fantasy of voluptuous romance would not have been crafted. But to their credit, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have finally mastered, I think, the art of Valentino beauty.

1 comment:

Leonita Nerisa said...

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