VALENTINO haute couture fall 2013
They say it’s all in the details. Many of the gowns in Valentino‘s Haute Couture Fall 2013 collection required 800 hours of elaborate detail work. That’s over a month of meticulous handwork that truly paid off because these pieces are works of art. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli held their showing inside the exquisite Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris. Filled with “curiosity cabinet” inspired relics, this couture showing is one for the memory bank. Gorgeous and oddly intriguing, channel your inner Renaissance goddess.
The collection switches back and forth beautifully between rich silhouettes made from typical menswear fabrics, to slinkier ensembles with a sexier air. Each piece was given a name that embodies what the look is trying to represent. The first dress titled “Le Cabinet de Curiosities” is delicately adorned in lace, while pictures of unique animals are shown underneath. It’s like a walking zoo for all things rare and curious.
Nods to history are shown in a dress that’s printed with a 17th century document by Italian artist Jacopo Ligozzi. Another gown looks like one straight out of Cleopatra’s tomb. The garnet embellishments are breathtaking. A lingerie-inspired black dress titled “La Rêve Transforme” added a little mystery to the otherwise traditionally stunning assortment.
There’s something so mystical about gold lace, especially when it’s a prominent detail in a set. It’s the most featured color here. Most looks have rounded shoulders over A-line cuts…which gives it that versatility for all types of couture buyers and admirers. Float off into a dreamy escape of old romance and artistic expression. It’s earthly reality meets dreamy fantasy. fdmLOVES VALENTINO haute couture fall 2013 selects by Brigitte Segura, written by Allison Ripa
Photos: Ed Kavishe | Fashionwirepress