Valentino Fall 2014–After last season’s Opera inspired outing, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli looked to 60s Italian pop art for the house’s fall-winter 2014 collection. Opening the new season with jackets and separates featuring multi-colored dots, it was clear that autumn was about interjecting bold prints into a wardrobe of princess perfect dresses and gowns. Diamond cuts, brocade butterflies and roses serve as the other patterns and textures of the season. The silhouette remains consistent with Chiuri and Piccioli’s vision for the Valentino woman–a floor-length gown with long sleeves in lightweight silk, sometimes worn underneath a cape or an embroidered coat.
Valentino Spring 2014 Couture–If anyone has cornered the market on demure couture it would be Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The pair’s spring-summer 2014 effort for haute couture was inspired by the opera. The influence can be seen in a dreamy outing of tulle, almost ballerina-like dresses and embroidered floor-length gowns in diaphanous silver and white. One of the collection’s standout looks was a heavily embellished white gown worn by Caroline Brasch Nielsen with winged sleeves and a high collar.
Valentino Spring Campaign – Following up a preview last week, Valentino has released its complete spring-summer 2014 campaign featuring Malaika Firth, Auguste Abeliunaite, Esther Heesch, Ine Neefs and Maartje Verhoef. The girls pose for Craig McDean with styling by Karl Templer. The images are romantic with a stunning location featuring the brand’s dreamy lace looks inspired by costumes and global traveling.
Malaika’s Stunning Spring – Marking yet another major campaign for the spring-summer 2014 season, Malaika Firth lands the new advertisement from Valentino. This follows up already her images for Burberry Prorsum and Prada. The British model poses in a red lacy look, and drips in gold jewelry including a headband, glittering bracelets and chain necklaces.
Valentino’s Spring Journey – Inspired by a visit to the Rome Opera workshops, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created an ornate spring-summer 2014 collection that takes the Italian fashion house in a new direction. With a focus on embroidery, the Valentino woman wears her signature romantic gowns with worldly details like North African-inspired patterns or vintage looking Mediterranean textures. Color is not sparse for spring, in fact the hues are the richest of rich with coral, deep red and emerald-green. With simple and relaxed silhouettes, there is a focus on embellishment. Lace decorations that are almost necklace-like, brocades texturized like crepe de chiné and wax cast jewelry all adorn the Valentino woman’s wardrobe for spring.
The New Classics – Dutch painters like Rembrandt and Johannes Vermeer served as inspiration for Valentino’s fall 2013 campaign starring a bevy of models. Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin shot the campaign which features mostly newcomers including Maud Welzen, Kati Nescher, Magdalena Jasek, Irina Kravchenko, Sam Rollinson, Erika Labanauskaite, Tamara Weijenberg, Laura Kampman, Nouk Torsing and Sasha Luss. The girls pose next to still-life images that reflect the Flemish style including flowers, fruit and feathers surrounding the season’s accessories.
Ice Cold – Valentino is releasing a new capsule collection for the winter season, named “Subzero”. With such a wintry name, the clothing reflects a cold-weather attitude with a color palette of black, charcoal and grays. The Valentino woman wears parkas, luxe fur, and embellished detailing for the cold months whether hitting the slopes or enjoying a château event. The collection of twenty-eight looks hits Valentino boutiques in September. / Model – Maud Welzen
Valentino Fall Haute Couture – Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli look towards the stars for the fashion house’s fall 2013 haute couture collection. Clad in ornate embroidery and luxe fabrics, the Valentino woman wears patterns reminiscent of the cosmos with abstract motifs reminding us of the sun, moon and stars. The romanticism of neo-Baroque lace or jacquards gives way to more earthy pieces such as menswear-inspired wool in camel, dark grey or black tones. These simple notes make the fur-trims and crystal beaded swirl patterns all that much more dreamy for the autumn couture season.
Valentino Resort – For the label’s resort 2014 collection, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli created a collection of luxe ease with a mix of elegant day wear and ethereal nighttime looks. The first section of the resort line is more casual featuring military inspired trousers and capes that come in monotone shades of cream, navy and powder pink. Later prints are introduced in the form of nautical stripes and tropical florals for the Valentino woman’s day out on a yacht. Skirts are paired with simple shirts while evening wear is full of dreamy pastel floor-length dresses embroidered with delicate detailing.
Amy in Valentino – Continuing her promotion of the upcoming “Man of Steel” film, actress Amy Adams attended the movie’s London premiere held yesterday. Amy opted for a tea length dress from Valentino’s spring 2013 Haute Couture collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.