Paris Haute Couture: Valentino S/S 2011

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Valentino’s new design duo continued to prove they have the lightest touch in the business.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli — who showed their first couture collection two years ago, after the retirement of house founder Valentino Garavani — sharpened their vision of featherlight romance with a collection that was all lace and see-through chiffon.

The chemisier dresses, in buff and ivory, had the sort of easy, 1970s glamour the pair has been channeling for several seasons now. The long, puffy-sleeved dresses, with fluttering pleated skirts had an appealing softness lacking in the skintight corseted eveningwear that dominated other Paris couture catwalks.

The flippy cocktail dresses with latticework collars also managed the delicate balance between ease and prettiness. They looked sure to please the gaggle of It Girls, including Italian socialite Bianca Brandolini and London-based shoe designer Charlotte Dellal, who decorated the front row.

Really, it would take just such an It Girl, with endless legs and tiny ankles, to pull of any of the looks in the collection — where just about everything was completely transparent.

Source: AP
Photos: AFP

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  1. I feel a little let down by this collection…just not what I’d expect from Valentino. There are some beautiful parts of dresses(like the sculpted collar on the camel ensemble) but overall..sort of underwhelmed. (TF)

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