Familiar is in fact a word that could easily be used to describe the atmosphere building a Valentino presentation, but luckily Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli never allowed the brand’s heritage to interrupt their line of utterly creative thoughts, being able to constantly reinvent their vision and drag their audience in a fantasy land, where getting lost and then found again is of essence.
For fall / winter 2013, the fairy-tale-like Valentino aesthetic was enhanced with the help of a series of “calm and serene portraits of women” by Flemish artists and artisans, having the designer duo seek that same spiritual and poetic qualities in all of their fascinating garments. White laser-cut leather collars coated with beads and a heavy set of embroideries beautified many of the breathtaking looks that came down the runway, strictly styled with long braids and black ribbon hairbands.
The rounded shoulders and slightly exaggerated shapes of the coats, alongside the hood capes and the boxy leather jackets offered enough relevant alternatives for an on point outerwear segment that was built along the current lines of the season. The gowns, many and astonishing in their austerity, softened by large pearl strands or covered in ethereal blue and white prints inspired by Delft ceramics, floated with grace, evoking a royal attitude. It’s safe to assume that Chiuri and Piccioli’s wish to “capture women in a private moment” was easily granted, offering a beautiful and memorable show in return.
You can see all of the Valentino autumn (fall) / winter 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree