Gorgeous gowns at Valentino couture

29 January 2009

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Who better to round off Couture than Valentino. It was the first collection designed by the new team and you could feel the tension in the rows – everyone was praying that they would impress the boss. And it seems like they did, although next season we feel they could maybe push it away from all things traditional Valentino. In the meantime, here are the highlights of last night's show...

1. Valentino himself popping up on the front row! There to approve (he was smiling when he ducked backstage) the label's new joint creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, he insisted he'd let the pair go their own way with the collection.

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2. The clever pleating and tucking. Fabric roses leapt out of the delicate silks, bows appeared with some very smart pattern-cutting, skinny body-con dresses were worked with intricate narrow pleats that were reminiscent of (very fashionable) bandages.

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3. It incited some real Oscar fever in us as it was obvious that some of these gorgeous full-length dresses have heavy red-carpet appeal. We bet that Anne Hathaway's stylist Rachel Zoe – who we know was scoping out Couture from afar – has put a request call in this morning!

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4. The princess coats: they were a real return to the Valentino of old. If only we could look as elegant as model Elsa Sylvan in one. This trend has started at the top, but expect to see it on the high street come winter 2009.

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5. The hair. Sleek up-dos with a big bun on top, also seen at Lacroix. Cheaper than surgery and takes years off your face...

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6. The colours. Colour is like a breath of fresh air through the shows but the intensity of Valentino's emerald green, purple, sky blue, tangerine and red was like a hurricane of colour.

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Don't forget to read our reports from the other collections here: Givenchy, Lacroix, Chanel, Christian Dior, Giorgio Armani Prive and Alexis Mabille


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