Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Paris Haute Couture Fall 2011: Valentino

by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's collection for Valentino Couture, Fall 2011, was inspired by a Russian Princess. A fairytale story, has become reality for many women who dream of being a princesses. Princess or not, these clothes were luxury and beauty, the best that has come from the minds of this dynamic duo. Silhouettes where kept simple and minimal, from long sleeve cylinder gowns, to bias cut halters. The work that went into these pieces were evident in the beading and drape, such as the opening dress, composed of tulle with zigzags of gunmetal and gold beads, 750 hours of hand work. The hand used to create this collection was light and soft; best example being the soft wool crepe jackets paired with floor-length pencil skirts (jackets requiring at least 52 hours of work and skirts, 20 hours). The labor and quality of material that go into each piece is impressive, but it all comes down to the vision, a vision that created a dream come true.

Photo by Yannis Vlamos /

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