Haute Couture Fashion Week continutes to amaze us with collections that remind us exactly why we love fashion in the first place. The Valentino show today was no exception; a dreamy show full of beautiful concoctions in light fabrics and soft colours, without even a hint of the trademark Valentino red. For design team Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, this was yet another opportunity to prove they are the right people for the job.


Opulent and rich, but still light and romantic, the show went from the salon - with rich embroidery and embellishment, chic high necklines and beautiful layers of expensive fabric - to the prairie, with puffy sleeves, floaty florals and even a bit of smocking.

When it was smart, it was super-smart with long coats fastened with fabric covered buttons and ribbons, or chic suits with ornate lace insets. When it was rural, it was via voluminous swathes of fabric, country florals and pretty accents around the bust, waist and cuffs.