July 07, 2012
Valentino Couture Fall 2012
It's evident that for Fall, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli not only successfully subverted the usual DNA of the house, they created prominent couture for the modern woman. Exquisitely crafted gowns, that are pretty, relevant, and actually wearable. Always a fan of their use of sheer in every of their collection.
The show was partly inspired by the painter Gustave Moreau, who, according to the house, was "a lover of dark colors but never painted with black." There are two extremes merged in the collection itself. At times it relies on painted floral patterns, intricate beadwork to create a sense of richness and luxury, and at others the simplicity of long-sleeved dresses in dark, solid colors in sheer fabric which result in a stark contrast.
All images via Vogue.it. If you missed the livestream of the show, you can watch a replay for a limited time at live.valentino.com.