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ValentinoSpring Summer 2015 Paris

Runway Review
9/30/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

The way Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have profitably and triumphantly transformed Valentino during their time at the helm of the iconic Italian fashion house is utterly impressive. They have interpreted the brand's signatures, while simultaneously establishing their own point of view: a prim flower child who is synchronously elegant for a modern trio of contradictions. The design duo are persistent and unvarying in their alluring and distinguished looks season after season and Spring was right in line with what they have done so well thus far.

The pair takes a great deal of pride in their country, thus Italy is often a source of inspiration for their collections. For this season, they were influenced by the Grand Tour: the 18th century British custom of men just past university age going on a sight-seeing journey through Europe after their studies come to an end. As one might have expected, Chiuri and Piccioli were fixated on the Italian portion of the trip which was commonly compromised of jaunts in Venice, Rome, Naples, and a beachside outing. It basically afforded them the right to move around quite a bit in the assortment.

A fancy head trip of trek-perfect apparel fit for the most glamorous of journeys included functional round collar coats, gladiator-inspired strappy sandals, roomy rectangular totes, and aviator shades. On-trend culottes, jackets with bracelet sleeves, flap handbags, and short-sleeve mini dresses were bold in their use of florals, while drop-waist calf length dresses, button-front shirts with solid bibs, wide-leg trousers with drawstring waists, and belted utilitarian shirt dresses felt babe-like and virginal in white eyelet.

Starfish on a frothy jumpsuit, sultry halter number, embellished mini dress, and transparent gown submerged the collection in the sea, as did jellyfish on a blush pink sheer gown. Each and every piece was an advertisement of the adroitness and craftsmanship of those working in Valentino's ateliers.

The palette of the offerings was delicate and illusory: cinnamon, icy blue, white and candy-colored pastels. The latter was presented in a rainbow pattern on floor-grazing eyelet gowns, cozy knits, full eyelet skirts, and flirty mini dresses.

It was all a very refined and sophisticated wonder that will be sure to please the brand's longstanding fans while being irresistible to the young fashion set who has gravitated toward the brand ever since the debut of their Rockstud wares. Though quite light and airy in its execution, the brand delivered on its quintessential femininity which is really all its admirers can ask for.

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9/30/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

The way Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have profitably and triumphantly transformed Valentino during their time at the helm of the iconic Italian fashion house is utterly impressive. They have interpreted the brand's signatures, while simultaneously establishing their own point of view: a prim flower child who is synchronously elegant for a modern trio of contradictions. The design duo are persistent and unvarying in their alluring and distinguished looks season after season and Spring was right in line with what they have done so well thus far.

The pair takes a great deal of pride in their country, thus Italy is often a source of inspiration for their collections. For this season, they were influenced by the Grand Tour: the 18th century British custom of men just past university age going on a sight-seeing journey through Europe after their studies come to an end. As one might have expected, Chiuri and Piccioli were fixated on the Italian portion of the trip which was commonly compromised of jaunts in Venice, Rome, Naples, and a beachside outing. It basically afforded them the right to move around quite a bit in the assortment.

A fancy head trip of trek-perfect apparel fit for the most glamorous of journeys included functional round collar coats, gladiator-inspired strappy sandals, roomy rectangular totes, and aviator shades. On-trend culottes, jackets with bracelet sleeves, flap handbags, and short-sleeve mini dresses were bold in their use of florals, while drop-waist calf length dresses, button-front shirts with solid bibs, wide-leg trousers with drawstring waists, and belted utilitarian shirt dresses felt babe-like and virginal in white eyelet.

Starfish on a frothy jumpsuit, sultry halter number, embellished mini dress, and transparent gown submerged the collection in the sea, as did jellyfish on a blush pink sheer gown. Each and every piece was an advertisement of the adroitness and craftsmanship of those working in Valentino's ateliers.

The palette of the offerings was delicate and illusory: cinnamon, icy blue, white and candy-colored pastels. The latter was presented in a rainbow pattern on floor-grazing eyelet gowns, cozy knits, full eyelet skirts, and flirty mini dresses.

It was all a very refined and sophisticated wonder that will be sure to please the brand's longstanding fans while being irresistible to the young fashion set who has gravitated toward the brand ever since the debut of their Rockstud wares. Though quite light and airy in its execution, the brand delivered on its quintessential femininity which is really all its admirers can ask for.


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