After reviewing the photos for the new Valentino runway show, there is a definite mix of old meets new. The light white fabrics give the clothes a effortless, dream-like feel that is appropriate for the spring season. While many of the actual prints on the garments look very homely or for a curtain, the clothes are cut so flattering and beautifully that it actually works.
Valentino keeps in trend with many of the other designers with the prints being continued from head to toe, with the clothing print being used on the shoe as well. Another trend I have been seeing a lot more of lately in couture is lace applique over sheer fabrics. Valentino, and other designers like Marchesa, features this trend in many of their garments during Fashion Week. This technique is visually appealing and combines modestly with sexuality. Much of this technique is done over the bodice of the dress or sleeves. Valentino also incorporates many classical elements such as a high collar with lace and a square neckline reminiscent of their inspiration, Queen Marie Antoinette.
Valentino did move away from the conventional ultra-sexy, sparkle of regular red carpet couture for a more modest and almost effortless Indie look. A certain type of celebrity, such as Michelle Williams, would I think be able to effectively handle an ensemble from this collection with her grace and spirit. I love this airy romantic style Valentino has brought back to fashion and hope it stays around for a while. Is modesty really coming back into style?
(Justine’s WWD Review for Fashion History: 12/26/12)