Paris Couture: Valentino finds its rhythm

09 July 2009


After their debut couture collection back in January failed to impress the cynical among the fashion press, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli seemed to have found their rhythm at Valentino yesterday. Delivering a beautiful collection of sombre-hued pieces in graduating chiffon and beaded layers of frills and ruffles, youthfully short mini dresses were decorated with Chantilly lace appliqué and peek-a-boo corsetry visible beneath fragile looking coats and sheer blouses. The intricate embroidery of the headpieces, while not signature Valentino, were also beautifully elegant, and it was indeed, as Piccioli described "a story of shadows" designed to show "the essence of couture, its construction."


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