Creative designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s created a spring 2012 collection for Valentino that made it really difficult not to fall head over heels for gorgeous red-carpet-worthy lace and sheer gowns, in the usual palette of Valentino-red, black and beige, livened up with floral embroidery. “Fashion is a dream, and in this moment we need dreams,” Piccioli said beforehand. The collection definitely embodied optimism and joy, values that Parisians eagerly look forward to when the sun rises with spring and summer.
Ruffles, lace, puffed shoulders and velvet flower appliqués created a subtle line between the sophisticated woman and innocent girlyness, successfully resulting in a romantic feminine fantasy. A simple switch of accessories perplexed many, as models strutted the runway in flats and espadrilles instead of signature five-inch stilettos—somehow it looked beautiful paired with elegant evening dresses or daytime frocks.
The design team found inspiration in Mexican embroidery and the photographs of Graciela Iturbide and Edward Weston. Also mentioned were artists Tina Modotti and Georgia O’Keeffe. “Women that had a more personal kind of beauty, very sensual and sensitive. It’s all about organic textures but in a very simple shape with the memory of couture,” Chiuri said. All said and done, it was another fabulous collection brought to Paris by the famous Italian fashion house.
Written by: Kimberly Dreisinger
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