4 July 2013

It's so far the darkest Valentino collection ever exists, the other side of beauty that's scarcely flattered.

Photo: Gianni Pucci & Yannis Vlamos / InDigital | GoRunway

The wonderful salons of the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild from the late 19th Century was the place where Pier Paolo and Maria Grazia presented thier haute couture designs for the fashion house Valentino. Before the eyes of label founder, Valentino Garavani, models such as Kati Nesher, Wesseloh Antonia, Frida Gustavsson and Hanne Gaby Odiele showed magical couture which seemed to take you into a mystical world.

The first look already called me back to Dürer Rinocheros by
Albrecht Dürer, a German painter in 16th century. And the more exits came out, the deeper I felt as if I went back to a glamorous ancient time. Intricate embroidery, stocking ornament lush, baroque ornaments and part Asian-looking nature motifs gave the product its own unique expression. A conspicuous number of heavy fabrics like wool and tweed were processed, but often combined with transparent fabrics that gave the designs ease.

There were also frequently seen coats, dresses and skirts in midi length, to the elegant tapered croc pumps in nude, black and aubergine and precious looking Miniaudières were carried out with Mother of Pearl Zodiac clasp or mini croco clutches.

With so much presence of the clothes, the beauty looks restrained: The hair of the models were elaborately, but negligently screwed ponytail at the deep mind swallowed, they contributed to narrow headbands and nude make-up.

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