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Founded in 1960 by Valentino Garavani, the iconic Valentino label has been under the creative guide of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli since 2008. The brand has gown considerably and it is one of my favorites to follow!

Last Couture season, the design duo were inspired by La Traviata. For Valentino Haute Couture AW 2014, they looked to the Pre-Raphaelites. Chiuri and Piccioli peeled back the decorative layers of lavish embellishment in favor of a more stripped down Valentino. Not a stitch of elegance was sacrificed, however, but there was an unexpected sensuality that came in the form of precision cuts and skillful draping.

The show opened with ‘The Siesta’, a gown of draped peplum in opal crepe. This ethereal style feels both contemporary and timeless. I also love the gladiator sandals fastened to the knees. Other highlights included the black tulle with gold leather appliqué confection (this design took about 1,300 hours to create). Also, the stunning silk crepe toga with leather crisscrossing in red. It reads like a fairytale romance! Speaking of leather, the Valentino designers used long leather ribbons as accents as well as to give shape to fluid shifts and frothy tulle gowns. This gave the collection a rustic quality.

While Chiuri and Piccioli focused more on their new goddess aesthetic they made sure to include a couple of sweeping gowns with signature embellishments towards the end of the show. The nude long-sleeved piece with the delicate metallic embroidery enchants me – such spectacular workmanship! It is sure to capture the hearts of their loyal fashion following.

Image credit: vogue.com