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POIGNANT moment occurred at the end of the Valentino couture show this evening as Mr Valentino himself stood up to kiss and congratulate Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the co-designers of the famed label for the past five years, on their show. Now thats praise indeed. This pair continues to successfully steer the Valentino ship each season and spring/summer 2013 was an especially spectacular one a magnificent, spirit-lifting collection that really made sense of the word of couture in its truest sense, treading the line between being feminine, light and intricate yet really modern and catering for what a woman would want to wear.
Each and every dress was different and boasted corresponding different techniques the only theme that ran throughout was the idea of a bird, which translated at first through caged gowns constructed through piping details and lace. So it was that same silhouette that we have come to know and love from Valentino demure, nipped-in waists and splaying skirts with bold lines of red and black and cream to bring to life their silhouette. Those in white looked like they had been expertly adorned in wedding icing, so elegant and pristine. We then moved onto breath-taking gowns made up of 450 metres of tulle (now this bird was taking flight), swaying skirts that folded back on one another to create undulating fairy-tale hems.
Necklines either cut straight across or were high in a Tudor proportion, rich embroidered jackets below a beautiful historical nod. Petals fluttered down across dresses of strict shape for this is something this pair is so good at doing, combining such strict and severe lines with such a sense of romantic femininity and never once becoming saccharine or too austere.
In a week of beautiful dresses and fashion dreams, this was the high note to end on, spectacular.