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It has been a pleasure watching the house of Valentino grow under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Season after season they offer gorgeous modern-lady looks that women crave to wear. The Valentino Spring 2014 Haute Couture* collection was no different. The inspiration? La Traviata. The label’s vision is still feminine and elegant, but with some new design ideas. Ladylike shapes in earthy hues dominated the show, but there was a series of simple, beautifully cut gowns that served as almost a palate cleanser from all the intricate beadwork and delicate lace. These came in neutral shades such as slate, dove-gray, taupe, olive-green and pure white (some with back revealing cut-outs).

Also, there were short ballet-like tulle dresses which were a fresh alternative to the modest floor-grazing silhouettes the design duo have become known for. These came with full skirts and fitted waists, some wrapped with a snake or bird motif fashioned out of hand-sewn feathers. Another jet-black tulle confection was dotted with feather butterflies. The attention to detail and artistry at Valentino is always spectacular!

*If you haven’t watched an Haute Couture show, I would highly suggest it. There is something so beautiful about seeing the rich fabric and the glittering details in motion. Still photographs cannot adequately capture the experience of couture. To see the full Valentino Spring 2014 Haute Couture presentation click here. For more on the history of haute couture visit this post where I discuss the French term and how it is defined by the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Paris.

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