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Valentino Plays “Joyful” and “Pretty” To Great Aplomb

  • by Corrie Shenigo
  • posted at 4:52 pm
  • June 22, 2011

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

While this weeks latest and greatest menswear collections are stealing all the focus… let’s not forget that womenswear Resort collections are still slowly unveiling themselves – this one in a particularly pretty way.

Emphasizing “joyfulness” and “prettiness,” designer’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli of iconic fashion house Valentino sought to modernize the label that has dressed such famed fashion frames as Jackie O, Elizabeth Hurley and Uma Thurman by steering it’s traditionally glamorous designs towards a more casual and fresh look.

“We want the prettiness of the house with an effortless attitude,” Mr. Piccioli said, with Ms. Chiuri adding, “It is the same luxury of the Valentino house in a more simple way.”

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

And while some critics have claimed to miss Valentino’s heavy heritage, I for one, think Chiuri and Piccioli have done a plum job of mixing the label’s historically elegant wears with this new fresh aesthetic. Take, for instance the use of a subtle summery floral in a flowy maxi dress, a waist embracing dress and a boxy blouse (paired with a tailored, wide-legged pant).

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

A heavy treatment of clean white dresses, embellished with embroidered flowers, piped with a wide scalloped black edging or just simple and well-fitted – place the collection firmly in it’s season.

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

The collection stayed the course with a series of day dresses in shades of red, white, champagne or black – all cut simply rounded out the runway, while the evening wear stuck with the color theme with addition of cutout embellishments, sheer detailing and a few silver and gray-green beaded gowns.

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Valentino 2012 Resort Collection

Throw in a few leather items and a peppering of pieces – including a pant/ jacket combo and a low-cut, wide-legged jumpsuit – constructed of a lightweight, Japanese denim for an additional element of casual chic and you have exactly what the designing duo promised: A Valentino collection that is fresh and flirty and thoroughly relevant.

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