Valentino Puts a Bird (and a Butterfly) On It for Fall 2014

Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli aren't ones to skimp on details. Many of pieces shown for fall 2014 Tuesday in Paris were so intricate, it's difficult to look at them twice without discovering something you perhaps didn't see the first time around.
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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli aren't ones to skimp on details. Many of pieces shown for fall 2014 Tuesday in Paris were so intricate, it's difficult to look at them twice without discovering something you perhaps didn't see the first time around.

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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli aren't ones to skimp on details. Many of pieces shown for fall 2014 Tuesday in Paris were so intricate, it's difficult to look at them twice without discovering something you perhaps didn't see the first time around.

The show began with a slew of punchy, mod-inspired mini dresses and separates -- a far cry from spring's Byzantine influence, eventually giving way to a more earthy palette of brown, black, navy and moss.

Sheer, flowing maxi dresses were beautiful in their airy etherealness, but it was the prints and embroidery that really shined (some, more literally than others). From glimmering plant patterns and harlequin patchwork, to whimsical-looking aviary motifs and those same intriguing butterflies we first saw at spring couture -- ready to fly off a dress at any moment -- Valentino continues to blur the lines between ready-to-wear and work-of-art.

Photos: Imaxtree