Paris: Since taking over for The Last Emperor, Pier Paolo Piccoli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have had the daunting task of re-invigorating Valentino with new energy while staying true to the house’s feminine aesthetic. This season’s couture collection hit all the marks with a good deal of success – innocent (and almost austere) styling belied a strong thread of subversiveness throughout the collection, emphasized by barely-there sheer fabrics and sensuous pleating. It may not be a revolutionary road the co-designers are heading down, but the quiet elegance of the clothes feels right for the moment.

Color: Nude, red, white, ice blue-grey, silver, faded ochre

Key Items: Ruffled cocktail dress / Silk crepe long-sleeved dress / Floral appliqué gown

Materials: Silk crepe / Lace / Silk Chiffon / Ribbon / Ostrich feathers

Details + Trim: Bows / Ruffles / High necks / Tiered skirts / Floral applique / Belted waist

Accessories + Footwear: Silk ribbon belts / Diamante shoes

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