Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentino Haute Couture spring 2012

by David Pedroza, Editor in Chief
 The purpose of Haute Couture is to create the best quality clothing that fits the body to perfection, that are exclusive and unique. There is nothing superficial about making beautiful clothes, although, a simple day dress may cost upwards to 34,000 euros, but clients demand the best fabrics, the best workmanship, the best fit, and the sense that they are wearing a vision of an artist they love.  At Valentino, spring 2012 collection, Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, succeeding in giving their clients exactly what they want, great, feminine, quality clothes. These designers kept the aesthetics and integrity of it original founder, creating couture dresses that real women wear (since last year, sales in couture at Valentino have gone up 80 percent). Marie Antoinette seems to have gotten the best of Pier and Maria, in creating whimsical, graceful gowns suited for Her Royal Highness's garden tea party. Long prairie, blossom printed, organza gowns were lovely, in their simplicity and modesty (most dresses were long sleeves). Silk China silk taffeta coats and ball gowns were embroidered with self, gathered scrolls and spiral inserts. Large usefull pockets were in every dress and skirt, a hint of practicality. Some pieces were so intricate and special, such as a suit covered in soft pastel green sequins and golden embroidery, and a delicate chiffon dress, covered in clear, glass beading. Ball gowns were appliqued with layers of fragile lace, and pieces to look like cozy quilts. Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri has mastered bringing a story to the house of Valentino, with out compromising the houses integrity, and most of all keeping their clients happy!
Photos by Stephanie Kaufman for Master The Art Of Style, 2012

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