Valentino Haute Couture Fall 2011: Hitting Their Stride
PARIS--One of the most difficult tasks in fashion is how to evolve an established brand--in this case the venerable house of Valentino and its tremendous couture heritage--into something relevant. In the two and a half years since their first couture outing, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s vocabulary at Valentino has been a back and forth debate regarding how much respect must be paid to the house’s history. At Wednesday morning’s fall couture show at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, the designers were able to strike this delicate balance. The Valentino craftsmanship and many of the house’s codes--laces, sheer chiffon and ruffles--were all present, but reworked in new and subtle ways. This collection of day and evening clothes that demonstrated the designer’s command of the house’s direction.