12 hours ago | By Laura Welch
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DELICATE + DEMURE
Paris: Since they took the reins at Valentino in 2009, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have pushed the boundaries. They introduced neon, techy fabrics and studs, as well as a new youthfulness that reenergized the label. But for spring, the designers returned to the essence of the house with a collection filled with delicate, feminine looks and accented with signature Valentino red. Shirtdresses were shown in a variety of styles, some with sweet contrast collars and others with twee bibs. Broderie anglaise, organza and several types of lace supported the theme of classic femininity. Though Chiuri and Piccioli didn’t throw any curveballs or do anything irreverent (the closest they got was a smattering of snakeskin and a handful of studs), it was a collection that one supposes Valentino the man would approve of. The beautiful garments they presented will appeal to followers of the label, past and present. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: A-line / Long + languid / Hourglass
Color: Black / Navy / Nude / White / Blush / Valentino red / Chartreuse / Bronze
Key Items: Shirtdresses / Bib tops / Red leather trench / Plastic and snakeskin coats / Lace gowns
Materials: Firm silks / Lustrous leather / Organza / Duchesse satin / Broderie anglaise / Filmy lace / Guipure lace / Chiffon / Matte suitings / CDC / Snakeskin / Plastic
Print + Pattern: Dandelions / Miniature florals
Details + Trim: Piecing / Veiling / Wrap closures / Self-belts / Laser cutouts / Peter Pan collars / Bibs / Contrast collars and cuffs / Keyhole necklines / Pleating / High necklines / Lace appliqués / Beading / Sequins / Studs / Snakeskin appliqués
Accessories + Footwear: Frame bags / Envelope clutches / Minaudieres / Studded clutches / Jeweled bangles / Pointy-toe pumps / Clear plastic slingbacks
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