The 2012 CFDA Fashion Awards were held yesterday and in attendance was Victoria’s Secret beauty Candice Swanepoel. Candice wore a sheer Valentino dress from the label’s spring 2012 collection. She paired the look with a braided hairdo inspired by the runway show.
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Valentino’s Touch of Tough – It appears the Valentino woman’s romantic gowns are getting a strict makeover for the upcoming autumn. With fall 2012, Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri brought an edgy twist to their demure romanticism with an opening section of leather capes and skirts. Structured silhouettes transformed into floor-length gowns in an autumn palette of black, nude, scarlet and ivory. Tailored pants and refined blouses dominated the presentation as did decorative patterns ranging from flowers to the more abstract. The duo’s lacework–sometimes glittery–also made an appearance in the showing paired with sheer long sleeves and ruffled skirts. A juxtaposition of strict elegance and feminine frills win another hit for Piccioli and Chiuri.
Valentino’s Demure Couture – Valentino under designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol has found its own voice throughout the years and spring 2012 haute couture is no exception with a collection of demure romanticism. This season showcased florals, lace, and crystal embellished bodices, all made with the utmost attention to detail. Like many shows this haute couture season, the color palette was light–showcasing silvers, powdery blue and rosy pink for a feminine touch.
Valentino Muses – Valentino’s spring 2012 campaign takes to the outdoors in these romantic images lensed by Deborah Turbeville. The new advertisements star Bette Franke, Fei Fei Sun, Zuzanna Bijoch, Maud Welzen and male model Clément Chabernaud. The images capture the romantic spirit of the spring season which feature ethereal gowns, leather dresses and metallic accents.
Romantic Outdoors – Forgoing the traditional names, Valentino enlists photographer Deborah Turbeville to shoot Zuzanna Bijoch, Maud Welzen, Bette Franke, and Fei Fei Sun for its spring 2012 campaign. Shot in Mexico, the girls sport updos similar to the spring runway show. (WWD)
Valentino’s Dreamy Spring – Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli once again delivered dreamy elegance for the label’s spring 2012 collection presented during the second to last day of Paris Fashion Week. Walking the line between womanly sophistication and girlish innocence, the Valentino woman took on leather for the new season along with peekaboo cutouts, minimal maxi gowns and traditional lace. Using a palette that bounced around the spectrum from Valentino red to black and pink blush, spring is a season of ease with flat shoes and slightly mussed hair.
Valentino Beauty – Dennison Bertram pays tribute to the elegance and sophistication of Valentino under designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, for the latest issue of Marie Claire Czech. Starring Karo Mrozkova styled by Sona Jankuliakova, the black and white images give an edgy twist to the traditional atmosphere with slicked back hair and flawless makeup by Craig Hughan.
Valentino’s Airy Couture – Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli deliver a lightweight and ethereal collection fit for a princess with the label’s fall 2011 haute couture line. Showcasing romantic ivory and silvery hues, the Valentino woman dons delicate lace and watercolor accents in the form of painted tulle, dévoré chiffon and metallic details. Topped off with a jewel encrusted wreaths, the collection is understated luxury at its best.
Darkly Romantic – Valentino enlists Jac Jagaciak, Caroline Brasch Nielsen, Ruby Aldridge, Sara Blomqvist and Kim Dall Armi for its fall 2011 campaign. Captured by David Sims and styled by Karl Templer, the girls are on the mysterious side of glamour as they pose in lightweight dresses paired with elegant accessories.
Valentino Romance – The May issue of Interview features Valentino’s current designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli with a Q&A by Valentino president Giancarlo Giammetti. Lensed by Mikael Jansson, Freja Beha Erichsen sports designs from the fall 2011 collection styled by Karl Templer in the romantic visuals.
View more of this shoot and Q&A on Interview