I was going to write on fabulous gifts under $100.00, but all that changed once I saw Valentino’s White Couture Collection, presented at the former Whitney Museum of American Art to mark the opening of their flagship store in NYC. The collection, inspired by Valentino Garavani’s 1962 Sala Bianca collection and his 1968 Sfilata Bianca show, blew my mind.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the design team behind Valentino, are the modern-day fashion equivalent to comic superhero’s, Superman and Wonder Woman. These next few months consist of RTW fashions own version of a hat trick, an insanely busy show time — pre-fall in December/January, men’s wear in January and women’s wear in February. Add Spring Couture in January, and that is a plateful for any and all design teams, but what truly qualifies Chiuri and Piccioli for superhero status is adding another full couture collection to the mix, an all white (essentially) collection at that! (That’s five collections!!)
The 47 looks that paraded down the runway were a sublime mixture of 1960s day wear silhouettes, mixed with regal gowns, and delicate wisps of tulle and lace whipped into romantic frocks. Plain white tunics over slim trousers, double-breasted coat dresses, and A-line miniskirts patchworked from crocodile, leather and pony skin were all paired with sheer tulle blouses.
Stand out gowns were a svelte crepe column with a cape attached at the back (please, someone wear this on the red carpet), and a finale of lace and tulle that the NY Times recounted perfectly, “a light-as-air point d’esprit dress encrusted with mini-leather blooms, and one dress made only of stitched tiers that took two people two months to sew”.
“The most expensive materials will never be as precious as the time people spend working on the collection,” Mr. Piccioli said. “That is the real richness.”
Whats up next for our superhero’s? A new couture collection planned for July, to coincide with their new Rome store. Why of course!
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