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Having recently toured the new Union Square Valentino store and all four of its glittering floors – I am in a Valentino mood! On Monday, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented an impressive Resort 2015. The design duo drew inspiration from Mexican icon, Frida Kahlo*. New house signatures were reworked to reflect Kahlo’s magical spirit. Floor-grazing silhouettes and exotic animal motifs dominated the collection, but it was a Valentino archival rainbow print that stole the show.

The folkloric theme included everything from diaphanous maxi dresses with intricate lacework sprinkled with charming embroideries as well as pieces accented with ruffles and fringe. Elsewhere, Chiuri and Piccioli incorporated their best-selling butterfly appliqués and camouflage prints. The utilitarian green outerwear decorated with embroidered papillon are sure to be a hit with their loyal fashion fans. Also, there was a series of mesmerizing multicolored looks featuring a graphic print Valentino Garavani designed in 1973. The wild color combinations created a veritable feast for the eyes.

*I absolutely love the styling of the girls! The models resemble modern-day Fridas with light makeup, braided hair and oversized chandelier earrings.

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