Valentino Love

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 Valentino Haute Couture Collection Fall|Winter 2014-15

The Roman influences of this collection are on full display in this flowing gown, paired with knee-high gladiator sandals. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli channeled the pre-Raphaelite era for their Valentino goddess collection presented in Paris this week, naming looks after Elizabeth Siddal and Sibylla Palmifera. “We love the idea that the artists looked to the past to create something new,” Chiuri said backstage. “That’s what we try to do.” They wanted, they said, to explore the idea of how you work “memory and the future together,” and so they did, to divine effect. They took concepts with classical and religious resonance -tunic, chasuble, draping, gladiator sandal- and worked them into pieces that radiated the power of gentility. Classical Simplicity.

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 Valentino Haute Couture Collection Fall|Winter 2014-15

Some are utterly modest, as the crepe tunics and gowns, others, done in unfussy intarsia motifs. Others still are crafted from rarefied materials, even by haute standards, skirts and coats made from museum-worthy pieces of 17th-century tapestries. The collection is lovely. Romantic, but with a sense of rawness. As the Pre-Raphaelites would have put it: Back to nature! Up with beauty! Valentino Love.

See the Valentino Haute Couture Fall|Winter 2014-15 Show