Friday, January 14, 2011

Valentino Pre-Fall 2011

I was largely unimpressed by Valentino's pre-Fall collection, like most of its other recent collections designed by Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. With knee-length lace frocks, and its emphasis on eveningwear by way of daywear, the collection was plenty feminine. The usual Valentino motifs (ruching, ruffles, roses, red) were present, too, and I suppose for the red-carpet crowd, this is fine enough. But I just found everything a little too pretty and safe. Half-way through, I was bored by the muted palettes, and that rather uncomfortable sense of déjà vu.

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