Valentino Haute Couture F/W 11
Paris: Having successfully revamped the venerable house of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli scored another hit with this season’s Haute Couture collection. Their quiet sense of luxury has made the label a go-to for sophisticated starlets and socialites and gained a younger, hipper crowd of followers. The current show, though certainly not skimping on lavishness – one coat took 750 hours to make – projected the unpretentiousness that has brought the label such positive recognition. Tiny metallic beads or feathers decked out column gowns, but the tonal palette and simple silhouette minimized the bling factor. Luxe burnout velvet and metallic brocade were used for modest jackets, slim skirts and A-line coats, while chiffon, tulle and lace added a sense of lightness to other looks. The classic shapes, luxurious fabrics and intricate details of this covetable collection are sure to appeal to Valentino fans of all ages. –Joanna Manganaro

Color: Gold / Pewter / Black / Valentino red / White / Olive green / Peachy pink

Key Items: Embellished column gowns / A-line coats / Delicate lace top / Cape

Materials: Tulle / Lace / Panne velvet / Burnout velvet / Metallic brocade / Firm suitings / Chiffon

Details + Trim: Beading / Feathers / Tiers / Self-belts / Bow necks / Covered buttons

Accessories + Footwear: Gold headbands with charms / Beaded belts / Pointy-toe ankle boots / Ankle wrap pumps

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