Valentino: gowns of understated perfection

The jumpsuit in general is a thing to approach with a degree of caution; if purchasing one for a carefully curated wardrobe you should look to a piece that’s versatile enough to get plenty of wear out of, but classic enough to transcend its features as an evolving trend. For resort 2012 Valentino, under Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, offers them in block colours and wide leg silhouettes, their one knock out feature a plunging V neckline or cutaway back, making them pieces that are certain to serve you into spring 2012.

Jumpsuits aside Valentino’s resort collection can’t help but stray back to that at which the brand excels: the dress. And excel they do. There are divine knee length numbers that are effortless in cut, but at times intricate in detail, that give off a sixties vibe when paired with low ponytails and Jean Shrimpton-like long legs. And then there are floor-length varieties that capture the same essence only with an extra injection of sheer prettiness, soft in colour like much-loved faded memories, inordinately elegant but essentially youthful. And much of that youthfulness comes down to the effortless flat sandals that accompany every one.

Weddings, parties, red carpet affairs; the resort offering from the house of Valentino will get many an outing – and deservedly so.

To view the full Valentino resort 2012 collection you can click on the thumbnails.