Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri seem to live their creative lives in an enchanted garden that’s sunned and watered by their collective imagination. Come show time, the rest of the world gets to peek over the ornately wrought fence and get a glimpse of a place where sunlight filters through delicate flowers clinging to tangles of creeping vines; a place where everything is beautiful, and always growing and evolving. Their couture collection for Valentino spring 2013 again brought that enchantment to the Paris fashion week (PFW) runway, where classicism reigned supreme – albeit “reduced to a mere sensation”.
At spring time the design duo’s creative garden is in full bloom, bringing floral appliqués, diaphanous lace, bodices that “blossom” out into ball gowns. As each dress silently swished passed on the runway it felt like a procession not of models but of Princesses, a delicate fairytale devoid of sparkle and glamour where the natural perfection of a rose outshines any diamond.
And while the trademark Valentino red gowns made their welcome appearance, it was the soft floral gowns that took breaths with their intricate craftsmanship: from minute ruching to hand-painted beading, transparent embroidery to macracme lace, Piccioli and Chiuri’s level of detail always impresses. Princess or no, these gowns are rare flowers any girl would want to pluck from the garden and wear.
You can see all of the Valentino haute couture spring 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