Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli might have cited paintings by the Flemish masters and “Calvinist simplicity” as inspirations for their fall 2013 collection–but we couldn’t help thinking of the Brothers Grimm.
Sure, we see those other references, too—embroidery on dresses patterned straight after a subject’s costume in a Flemish painting, white collars that border on puritanical—but it’s the smaller, feminine touches that bring in the fairy tale. Snow White and Red Riding Hood were everywhere: The black ribbon headbands, the hood capes, the princess gowns.
While high-collars and lace sleeves dominated—both somewhat of a signature for this designing duo—Chiuri and Piccioli also did a set of gowns with deep, deep necklines cut tight to the bodice. These, along with the Flow Blue china-printed mohair mini dress, were the show’s most memorable looks. But then again, when everything is fit for a princess, it’s hard to go wrong.