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Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2014

Since Valentino retired in 2008, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have graciously kept this eponymous brand alive with their gorgeous vision. For the past few seasons, there’s been a beautiful theme going on in their collections. From ready-to-wear to menswear and now couture, there’s something so very special about what’s being shown. A sort of ethereal exoticism comes to mine. This Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2014 collection is a prime example of the dreamy direction Valentino has taken. With details so fine they border on delicate, so many of these gowns are just asking to be worn at this year’s Academy Awards. Actresses, here’s your ‘hint hint’ from us.

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With attractive earth tones that instantly warm the skin, every model including Ondria Hardin in the butterfly number is positively glowing in so many of these gowns. Gorgeous chocolate browns, creams and olives are so inviting. Things are rich  like a fine wine. Prints on pieces range from sweet butterflies to the fiercest lions and snakes. We can’t help but feel this is a visual representation of what femininity is. Sugar, spice and everything nice. This collection was commissioned by the Rome Opera House, and this partnership is most evident in the first look, a beautiful sheer gown with printed music notes decorating the skirt. That dress is particularly so charming. Ones with scalloped lace overlays are also stunning.

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Other than gowns, oversized coats feel elegant and simplistic, not bogged down with unnecessary frill. When paired with any of these dresses, the outcome is quite magical. A line that couture dreams are made of. fdmLOVES VALENTINO Haute Couture Spring 2014 selects by Brigitte Segura, written by Allison Ripa.

(Photos: Alessandro Lucioni + Armando Grillo | IMAXTREE | FashionWirePress)