Valentino’s Dark Romance – Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are adding a touch of seduction to their dossier with the label’s fall 2012 couture showing. Of course the sheer, floor-length and long-sleeve gowns which have become almost a requisite for Valentino shows now are still accounted for, but there is some vamp appeal for autumn nonetheless. An example would be the opening look worn by model Frida Gustavvsson featuring a sheer crepe gown with sensual cutouts worn underneath. Also a change of direction can be seen in the array of jumpsuits, tailored pants and crystal embellished sweaters. Eighteenth century influences are spotted in the collection’s detailed brocades, billowing capes and delicate ruffles for the perfect balance between hard and soft elements.