Lacy Days with Valentino

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Can you say haute? July 8, 2009 saw Valentino’s latest couture show and it was, in a word, gripping. Valentino has been reborn.Although the palate focused on mystifying blacks and warm nudes, the texture of this collection created an equally whimsical aura.

Industry insiders have been watching newly appointed creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli with a close eye to see how they would fair. Shock and surprise filled the air after the duo presented a visionary collection that was both charming and moody.

Intricate lace accessories in sand and midnight black played an integral role in the drama of the show. Black lace was carefully molded on the most delicate of sheer fabrics, making the models look like they were tattooed with edgy. yet delicate patterns.
Ecru flutter-sleeved blouses with billowing mini skirts suggested a casual yet sharp chic, while heavily overcoats and short lace dresses with oversized bows could not disappoint even the staunchest of critics.

One of the most noticeable changes in this collection can be summed up easily: legs, legs, legs. Sheared hemlines were the flavour of the evening as Chiuri and Piccioli pulled the plug on the famous Valentino floor-length gowns. Short and not-so-sweet hemlines were even more dramatic with sultry lace and just the right amount of sheer.

Towering feathered heels completed the outfits, but the dusky plumage wasn’t the only highlight when it came to footwear. Equally notable were the silver sequined ballet flats and the deep café au lait satin pumps.

–Cora Nijhawan

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