Following the rather awkward departure of Alessandra Facchinetti from Valentino only two seasons after Valentino Garavani's retirement, new design team Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli had a lot to prove with their first couture show.

And prove it they did, sticking closely to the heritage of the label (probably aware that going against this was Facchinetti's downfall). This wasn't a particularly show-stopping collection, but it was safe, chic and beautiful. The trademark Valentino red was flanked by white, cream, chocolate and teal, plenty of that in satin, cut creatively or trimmed with feathers and jewels. Eschewing the shoulder-lead silhouette of other couture shows, this was more about the single-breasted coat, hitting the knee either in a swing shape or fastened at a high empire waist. Evening gowns were minimal without being boring, simple without being staid. Overall, a good debut, but we'll be expecting more wow factor next time...

CLICK THE IMAGE TO VIEW THE SHOW GALLERY [all images courtesy of Coutorture]