There have been folk elements aplenty on the fall 2012 runways, with most designers playing to the motifs seen to be taking inspiration from the cultures of the North Caucasus. While Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have spun a story of contemporary folk wear, it’s a story whose folk origins are indeterminate.
You can pin point the regions the folk motifs may come from, potentially starting somewhere in the North Caucasus and working down Europe’s East and into Greece, but you can never be specific. And that’s because Valentino’s fall 2012 collection is meant to evoke folk clothing just as much as it is meant to romanticise it. It also means to modernise it, so while the relaxed cuts and military motifs may offer some traditional bearings, the notion of quality is never amiss. This isn’t folk wear as peasants and serfs would have known it, and it certainly isn’t something their lords and masters would have gravitated towards either. It sits, instead, somewhere in the middle.
You can see all of the Valentino autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
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