Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Valentino S/S 2012

Valentino woman is a stranger, more complex cipher than Garavani's stunningly uncomplicated vision of beauty. Today they made the requisite nods to his great motifs - the ruffles and that always-scene-stealing red - but these were not the main event. There was youthful prettiness in floral lace dresses in baby blue, black, blush and pink (this strapless, with a ruffle hem), and elfin kookiness in the glitter heeled flat sandals with straps of entwined leather, and a little sheer pink capelet with pink lace shorts.

Their longest riff, however, was played through the mediums of chiffon and lace and majored on an ankle-skimming hemline much longer than most collections next spring. By layering these ultra-light materials they create an ultra-feminine and very watchable interplay of movement, sometimes emphasised by placing the lightest possible polka dots on an nude chiffon underskirt, or a rose appliqué on a black sheer gown.

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