Valentino Haute Couture S/S 2013 - Gallery
Get ready for a Fashion Moment. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's latest collection for Valentino Haute Couture was a tour de force, the kind of high impact show that looks beautiful on first glance, but requires close-ups to fully appreciate in terms of detail and intricacy.
The inspiration was birds, first caged in curled wire coils, later set free in swathes of chiffon and tulle, to flit between the flowers. Apparently each of the twisted cage 'wires' was hand-rolled, and given that the motif appeared on everything from prim white suits to an incredible floor-length cape that enclosed a white dress covered in embroidered birds, that's one big job for some very tired hands.
Key silhouettes now synonymous with the Valentino's new design team were there, as ever. The high necked dress with long sleeves, a nipped-in waist and full skirt was never in short supply, though there were plenty of other shapes that may woo new consumers without the willowy, Keira Knightley-esque figure to pull off such a demure shape. Slashed boat necks, high collars with built-in capes and even the odd strapless or deep slashed neckline gave variety.
And then there were the dresses, so many of them, from hugely intricate cocktail frocks in heavy lace or tulle with jagged, architectural hemlines to the showstopper gowns in black, red and beige, from the very simple strapless unadorned numbers to heavily embellished, textured gowns created from layers of tulle.
Get ready to ooh and aah your way through our gallery of just some of the looks from this outstanding show. Click the image above to view the collection highlights.