Valentino Spring Couture 2012
Oh, for the simple life! But how to reconcile its embrace with the extravagance of couture?
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli did so by infusing their couture en plein air with a soupcon of Marie Antoinette at the Petit Trianon. The result was a Valentino collection with a surface so lovely and gentle that it masked the lineup’s core bravado.
The designers opened with gowns in whisper-soft prints, including a shamrocks-for-luck version. These had natural waists, some fastened with bows, the bodices either strapless or long-sleeve. By day, there were pristine whites — dresses, suits, an austere cape — their decoration coming via quiet treatments such as tone-on-tone smocking, passementerie and rows of deftly crafted spirals. The influence of the ill-fated Queen percolated when Chiuri and Piccioli upped the embellishment quotient for a lavishly embroidered gown and a series of exquisite high-collared blouses worn with pants.
It all looked dreamlike and on the cusp of innocence. Yet the designers acted boldly when they opted to ignore standard red-carpet convention — curvy, sexy, sparkly — in favor of lovely discretion pushed to the point of — this isn’t a word you’ll read often in fashion copy — modesty. Talk about a way to stand out in a crowd.
FALKE Seidenglatt 70 Panty
70 denier opaque tights from FALKE with an elegant seductive lustre
See by Chloé Draped Top
Ultra-feminine cobalt top from See by Chloe with stunning draped neck
Lacoste Medium Shopper
Sporty-chic shopper from Lacoste with trendy leather trimming
FNUG Nail Polish
The perfect fashion accessory: FNUG nail polish with caviar and vitamins
Calvin Klein Halterneck Top
Classic halterneck bikini top from Calvin Klein with molded cups
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