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By Chere Di Boscio
I must confess: Valentino could by far be my favourite label, ever. Receiving Greenpeace’s full approval for their sustainability practices isn’t why, though it certainly helps. But in fact, the reasons are far more profound.
For example, the house’s romantic, feminine style is not only beautiful, but also evokes deep personal memories of an Orthodox Catholic heritage for me, thanks to their frequent Greek and Russian references, such as the delicate lace, floaty peasant skirts and pretty puffed sleeves seen on the catwalk yesterday.
None the less, from a completely objective standpoint, there is no denying that Valentino’s Autumn/Winter 14 ready-to-wear collection shown in Paris was anything but lovely.
Bright pop art prints in sherbert pink, tangerine and black introduced a cheerful tone to the range of light sweaters, calf-length skirts and trench coats, as non-metal tanned, naturally dyed leather shoes and boots.
There were also some sexy, sporty looks in this 60s Pop Art vein, which included mini hemlines paired with heels and knee-high boots, all in acid brights.
Next, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a selection of what is sure to be a must-have item next autumn: the cape. These were seen in different forms, such as a long, elegant cape dress in sheer black, as well as warmer versions in short, Sherlock Holmes cuts and cloak-style Red Riding Hood ones. But what really set my heart aflutter was the surprise of embroidered birds on a midnight blue cape.
And then there were the dresses. I nearly died of beauty. Look at them. Just look! And Valentino will doubtless be one of your favourite labels, too.