Valentino_001_1366 Valentino_004_1366 Valentino_006_1366 Valentino_008_1366 Valentino_011_1366 Valentino_023_1366 Valentino_030_1366 Valentino_034_1366 Valentino_037_1366 Valentino_042_1366 Valentino_043_1366 Valentino_046_1366Last week, Valentino celebrated the opening of their Fifth Avenue flagship as well as a very special Couture presentation in homage to the house’s legendary 1968 all-white collection. Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, flew in from Rome for their first runway show in New York City. The unique event was held at the Madison Avenue building formerly known as the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The collection titled “Sala Bianca 945” was in a word, heavenly. The palette was striking in its simplicity. All shades of white appeared as well as pale gold and heather gray. As the go-to for generations of glamorous women, Valentino is known for creating treasure-forever pieces and the creative directors did not disappoint. Impeccably cut neo retro looks reminiscent of something Jackie Kennedy might have worn opened the show. It is important to note, that it was from the 1968 white collection that she chose the dress for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis. There were also delicate tulle separates and dresses sewn of Chantilly lace and guipure. Every detail played a distinctive role, from the breathtaking micro floral embroidery in leather to the sculpted plissés to the eyelash-trimmed edges. The crisp, opaque tailoring up against the netted sheerness created an exquisite juxtaposition. For instance, the tulle blouse paired with the jacket and checkered skirt in photo #5. That thin seam running down the model’s chest sends shivers down my spine! Sensual and sophisticated. This is forward-thinking glamor!

Valentino’s new white haute couture was sensational and even more impressive considering that this collection is a special addition. Chiuri and Piccioli will be presenting their Spring 2015 Couture collection as usual in Paris on January 28th. That is an unbelievable amount of work and its clear that Valentino SpA considers the growing American market a worthy investment. This dynamic duo show no signs of slowing down. Their energetic creatvity is limitless.

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