PARIS–After weeks of being presented with more challenging, boxy, and sometimes oversized silhouettes, it was so nice and even refreshing to take in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli ultra-feminine, just plain pretty fall collection. Sumptuous soft black leather toughened up the pretty a bit–on a cape, a skirt, and a gorgeous leather jump suit to open the show.
The duo’s familiar silhouettes–precious long sleeved dresses with skirts that puff out just a touch at the waist and come to the knee or, for evening, the floor–were done in Valentino red with a scalloped neckline, delicate white lace, a lace cut-print on leather, and in those classic ruffled tiers. The new twist for fall, in addition to the leather, was a folk art influence (it looked Russian to me?) in prints on knit dresses and embroidered on others. With their hair parted in the middle and delicately twisted up the sides, models looked like Russian nesting dolls only, you know, really, really skinny.