Valentino couture heats up the garden

Catherine Calistro

Valentino’s haute couture spring 2013 collection designed by Maria Grazia Chirui and Pier Paolo Piccioli was showcased at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild on January 23 during Paris Fashion Week.

The collection proved to be nothing short of spectacular with its modern Renaissance style. The show began with romantic red and crisp ivory dresses detailed with whimsical design of piping followed by luxurious yet practical pieces of knee length dresses and skirts with beautiful brocade craftsmanship that I couldn’t help but think of as Kate Middleton-esque.

As the show progressed more embroidery, lace and tiered fabrics were incorporated into the clothing revealing flirtatious pieces with flattering silhouettes and glamorous touches of gold and silver sparkle. Maria Grazia Chirui and Pier Paolo Piccioli revealed the inspiration for the line came from a garden scene.

The designers let the collection speak for itself as the models paraded down the runway with minimal makeup and their hair pulled back in effortlessly elegant buns. The color scheme of the dresses, skirts and coats included hues of red, ivory, black and champagne, incorporating metallic silver and gold.

There was no shortage of fabric types used to create the tasteful collection, which included wool, crepe, satin and lace, which contributed to the great texture and dimensions of the intricate articles of clothing. 

The designer is famous for putting his clients first, and this line is no exception with a color palette that complements a woman’s skin tone and silhouette designs that highlight her best features. The Spring 2013 line comprised of versatile looks but all with classic feminine style.