Valentino Haute Couture Spring 2012: 19th Century Garden Party

Valentino’s wonder duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a prim and proper collection, seemingly inspired by children’s books illustrations and New Empire dresses – all for a 19th century garden party atmosphere. The duo couldn’t be vulgar if they tried. After presenting angelic afternoon attires last season, this collection offered more oh-la-la lengths on ample dresses with trails, for a vintage-looking, flowery result (something you’d imagine Keira Knightley wearing in yet another historical British film.) Those were contrasted by more contemporary, preppy pieces: knee-length taffeta skirts, pleated trousers, all with matching loafers. Appliqués, crystals, and embellishments of all sorts were a recurring element--subtle on hem and necklines, outlining geometric patterns on day dresses, or dramatic when used generously on flowy chiffon evening dresses.
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Valentino’s wonder duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a prim and proper collection, seemingly inspired by children’s books illustrations and New Empire dresses – all for a 19th century garden party atmosphere. The duo couldn’t be vulgar if they tried. After presenting angelic afternoon attires last season, this collection offered more oh-la-la lengths on ample dresses with trails, for a vintage-looking, flowery result (something you’d imagine Keira Knightley wearing in yet another historical British film.) Those were contrasted by more contemporary, preppy pieces: knee-length taffeta skirts, pleated trousers, all with matching loafers. Appliqués, crystals, and embellishments of all sorts were a recurring element--subtle on hem and necklines, outlining geometric patterns on day dresses, or dramatic when used generously on flowy chiffon evening dresses.
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Valentino’s wonder duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a prim and proper collection, seemingly inspired by children’s books illustrations and New Empire dresses – all for a 19th century garden party atmosphere.

The duo couldn’t be vulgar if they tried. After presenting angelic afternoon attires last season, this collection offered more oh-la-la lengths on ample dresses with trails, for a vintage-looking, flowery result (something you’d imagine Keira Knightley wearing in yet another historical British film.) Those were contrasted by more contemporary, preppy pieces: knee-length taffeta skirts, pleated trousers, all with matching loafers. Appliqués, crystals, and embellishments of all sorts were a recurring element--subtle on hem and necklines, outlining geometric patterns on day dresses, or dramatic when used generously on flowy chiffon evening dresses.

Despite the shimmery intricacy of each piece, the tone nevertheless remains fresh, feminine, and took boho to another level. (Please let Sienna Miller know).