Valentino’s Byzantine Dream

A visit to the ateliers of the Roman Opera inspired Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s richly embellished Spring 2014 collection.
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A visit to the ateliers of the Roman Opera inspired Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s richly embellished Spring 2014 collection.
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A visit to the ateliers of the Roman Opera inspired Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s richly embellished Spring 2014 collection.

The strict, almost-puritan silhouettes from last season appeared again, this time with colorful Byzantine-like embroideries. Each model’s hair was kept off the face with a thick, gold medallion-studded burgundy headband, her crown teased into a bouffant. There was also a series of long silk gowns—in eggplant, hunter green and taupe—that had an almost monkish appearance. The duo’s signature lace and floral embroideries were there, too. A long, cream-lace dress with rounded shoulders—worn with a fringed brown bag and a multi-strand gold choker—was a sort of luxe-boho wedding dress.

Since their promotion to the top of the creative team in 2008, Chiuri and Piccioli have gained a loyal following of young women who not only collect their popular Rockstud accessories, but also buy the clothes. One need not look further than today’s audience, which was filled with customers wearing Fall 2013’s printed-mohair and embroidered mini dresses, for proof. The brand’s newfound success lies in the fact that Chiuri and Piccioli build on ideas season after season, while always making sure to introduce something new. Their methods have helped to create a modern identity for the house.

Photos: IMAXtree