First Look: Valentino

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Despite its less than stellar performance since Valentino's exit, the industry's VIPs continue to flock to Valentino. Today's show played host to a stellar trifecta: Linda Fargo, Michael Roberts, and Anna Dello Russo sat front row for Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's second effort. Their collection was pretty - very, very pretty. The clothes weren't overly complicated, nor dramatic or groundbreaking, but their sense of lightness looked comfortable and desirable. If they were going for dreamlike, they succeeded with a palette of dusky nudes and lilacs. Sparks of Valentino's signature heavy handiwork appeared on mini-dresses and a gown or two, and of course, there were bows. As for the showmanship of the show itself, no expense was spared. Black and white images of mutating orchids and flames were projected onto the walls of the tent and the tones of grey translated to the seats, which, by the way, were the most plush seats I've ever seen at a fashion show - soft banquettes, only three rows deep, perfect for resting my Fashion Week ridden body. Of course the lingering question is, and will be for some time, what did Mr. Valentino think?

—REBECCA SUHRAWARDI AUSTIN