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July 04, 2013

Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2013-14

Neo-classical.

The elegant salons of the neo-classical Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris’s eighth arrondisement are decorated with displays of curiosities--rare butterflies, fine corals, and stuffed animal heads. Some of the room's ornate style seemed to have been translated into Valentino's 2013 Fall Couture collection from designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, which debuted there on Wednesday night.

Exquisite.

[Maria Grazia] Chiuri and her partner in design, Pierpaolo Piccioli, were looking at the idea of formal and secret gardens, with mazes, ancient mosaics, and romantic flower plantings. They conceived an idea of padded rouleaux, scrolled into raised decorative patterns on the surface of the fabric, to suggest the elaborate wrought-iron gates hiding the mystery within. And true to the mysteries of haute couture, they presented the design concept to the two Valentino ateliers (who work in proud autonomy from each other) and each resolved it in a very different way, even though to the eye the results are identical. “The ritual of couture is to be secret!” said Piccioli.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 4, 2013 08:28 AM