Paris Haute Couture S/S '08: Valentino's final farewell
The legend that is Valentino farewelled the fashion world yesterday in spectacular style. After 45 years in the business, the Italian designer waved goodbye to the crowd for the last time, amid a sea of red chiffon.
Keep reading for a full report of the show...
There might not have been a dry eye in the house but that didn't stop Valentino from presenting his final haute couture collection to a massive audience of 900 people. From royalty to stars of the screen, the Roman couturier marked his 90th collection with a subtle nod to his signature styles.
Lady-like tailoring mixed with floor-sweeping gowns, reminiscent of Princess Diana and Jackie O, (some of Valentino's most famous muses), echoed down the runway. The show began with pastel skirt suits and beaded chiffon before swiftly moving on to floral print after five dresses.
One-shouldered evening gowns signalled Valentino's final red carpet moment in candy colours and metallic champagne satin. Gone With The Wind style wide brim hats also added a notable moment, as did the stream of models who took over the catwalk for the finale in exactly the same red dress, allowing Valentino to take his last bow.
Want more from Paris Haute Couture Week? Then check out Shiny Style's coverage of the Christian Lacroix show.
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