Valentino Spring Summer 2013

By Laura Navarro

The house of Valentino is of course known and revered for its unrivalled championing of femininity and intricacy. Be it haute couture or ready-to-wear, the collections consistently boast craftsmanship and delicacy in hues of blush, ivory and the classic Valentino red which make the pieces instantly recognizable.

Valentino Spring Summer 2013 is no exception. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented an immaculate collection this season as a result of visionary combinations; delicate silk slipdresses and clinched at the waist leather coats as well as ethereal embellishments contrasting with gothic knee-skimming skirts.

The city of Rome is credited as the inspiration for the collection, something which shines a whole new heavenly light on the silks and sequins when considered as perhaps ‘divine inspiration’.

The striking scarlet of the red leather trench coat or the beautifully simple gown which effortlessly breezes across the floor has more than just an echo of the Cardinals of Vatican City.

However the most enticing pieces on display were the deliciously dark creations of lace and leather which when admired while keeping in mind the inspiration behind the collection, become all the more intriguing. With not a hint of rose blush in sight, these pieces bring to mind not only the puritan, angelic entity so well represented throughout Valentino’s history, but a gothic presence with almost intimidating strength and grace.

The black leather dress with the delicacy and silhouette of a negligée premiered on the catwalk underneath a sheer layer with leather trim belted at the waist. The black jumpsuit perfected the marriage between demure and provocative with a high neck collar and timeless tailored trouser with a sheer chiffon shirt skimming the lace underneath to create the illusion of a camisole.

The breath taking embroidery which becomes the focus of the black lace dress hints at provocative notes with the peachy hue of skin on show. This is of course partnered perfectly with stiff cuffs covering the wrists and a high Peter Pan collar in soft cream.

These are just several examples of a rich selection of beautifully dark creations which, as undoubtedly exquisite the rest of the collection is, truly showcase the genius of Valentino.

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