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Valentino broke a haute couture tradition and took his autumn winter 2007/08 collection home to Rome after a 17 year absence. And he didn’t disappoint is fans, with a 64 look collection (usually couture collections consist of no more than 40 looks) featuring his trademark lipstick red gowns taking centre stage at a 12th century basilica near the Vatican.

Valentino drew on the symbols of the Italian "dolce vita" - opera, glamorous gowns and gelato – as his inspiration for the show, with pretty pastel dresses resembling scoops of ice cream accenting waists, shoulders and sleeves.

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Gorgeous floor skimming gowns glittered with diamante detail, trimmed with ruffles and lace embellishments. This was a show that was quintessentially Valentino, I would love to wear the purple gown (pictured below) on a red carpet.

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What do you think of the collection?