Reinvention.

Mar 28, 2013

There is a kind of magic when a girl wears anything created by Valentino. The magic lies within the distinct qualities of the brand, qualities which include the combination of regal elegance, playfulness, and 21st-century-glamour. Such a combination is difficult to attain, but the brand never fails to do so. With their Fall/Winter 2013 collection, such attributes were found, in the dozens of sheer and raw silk gowns, floral concoctions, and embellished dresses. Valentino Garavani, the founder of the iconic fashion house, once said, "I love beauty. It's not my fault." His immense love for beauty and grace has made an impression on his successors, Chiuri and Piccioli, who have incorporated the ideals and aesthetics of Garavani into their own creations, ones of strong, everlasting beauty. 
Even before the clothes begin to speak to you, the hairstyles do. Each model's look was topped off a delicate side-braid, reinforcing a certain air of innocence that the collection held. As Hamish Bowles, in his always-accurate manner, described, "[the models] resembled novices in a particularly affluent convent." This much is humorously true, but a closer look at the clothing can bring you a little farther away from that statement. Scrumptious cream-colored coats are embellished with stiff white collars and clean lines. Silhouettes, in a beautifully understated manner, were less imaginative and more formal. While there was no lack of color in the collection, the hues were distinctly regal and made for winter. There were deep shades of red, cream, sapphire, along with classic ensembles in black, as seen below. 
This part of the collection was much more somber than the rest. With stunning cuts (notice the perfectly-done scoop neck dress on the right) and hints of lace, the toned-down black looks were still a significant part of the F/W 2013 collection. The white lace collar details were a lovely aspect of little black dresses done in silk. Though devoid of color, the contrast between black and white enhanced each look beautifully. Slim white embellishments made an appearance at the bottom of each sleeve, while black headbands shone out on the heads of models. The designers behind the looks hoped to achieve "something very spiritual and poetic", and have done so evidently. 
This is by far the most amazing part of this collection. In dozens of shades of blue – from midnight to sky to prussian to royal, the many blends of blue created a vision of delight. Though difficult to name exactly, the prints featured in the collection were another wonderful reflection of Valentino's unique craftsmanship. Vogue solved the mystery behind the print, revealing that it was inspired by the Delft ceramics that Valentino himself used in his 1968 collection. Each print was painstakingly embroidered with beads and textured brocades. It was hard to find a flaw in the collection, really, apart from a few misplaced scallop-trimmed dresses. As I am reviewing this show, I am astounded by my own lack of words to describe the beauty it possesses. Unlike other Fall collections, it was not about doing something particularly new and bold; instead, it was about reinventing Valentino's classic designs. The magnificent blue dresses above, mixed with the print, are a perfect example of this. The designers behind Valentino are taking inspiration from past collections, and bringing them back with precision and beauty. 

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-M

28 comments

  1. Wow.

    Unbelievably beautiful.

    I love all the black and white looks. Incredible.

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  2. I am so in love with the blue and white prints <3 <3

    xx http://everything-classy-and-fabulous.blogspot.com.au/

    P.S. I'm following you now

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  3. Мода меня очень порадовала,все цвета мои любимые)

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  4. I enjoy reading your blog posts! keep it up :)

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  5. Love the Valentino collection. I wish I could afford just one dress <3


    xx

    glamdevils

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  6. I'm so excited about this post, because Valentino was my favorite collection from all the collection of Fall\Winter. I couldn't agree with you more- all those shades of blue are absolutely stunning.
    x
    Alona | stylewanders.blogspot.com

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  7. Stunning review, this is such a beautiful collection and I'm with you about the blue pieces being the standout of the collection!

    xoxo,
    Veena

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  8. Great post
    Very Nice dress
    Xx
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  9. I love Valentino collection and these dress are very fantastic! :)

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  11. Great post.

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    Sofia

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  12. Hanne Gaby for Valentino is amazing. I love the different color scheme and the sort of rich and modern red and white followed by the classic black but with a vintage feel because of the unique collars.

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    xo

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  13. I am sure you have an amazing personality

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  14. gorgeous style, adoring your blog miss!
    would love to see you wearing casper&pearl one day!

    lots of love from the c&p girls,
    casper&pearl blog
    xx

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  15. Gorgeous collection! Great pictures as well!
    Have a fabulous time!

    Best wishes, Alexandra
    www.svetusvet.blogspot.com

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  16. I love this post! I'm loving the black&white dresses!
    Have a nice day x

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  17. Gorgeous collection and I love the way you presented it!

    xo
    Emily
    Stiletto Beats

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  18. Wow, this collection is amazing. I'm in love with the vibrant blue pieces.

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  19. Lovely review. This is definitely one of my favourite collection of the season and I totally agree with the blue ensembles being the stand out of the collection.

    x mariana | www.goingteen.blogspot.com

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  20. great picks x

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  21. wow!! so regal!!! everything is just amazing!!! great post!!

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  22. this is just awesome! i love the collection <3 especially blue one

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  23. Amazing outfits! Love the details and color combinations,great runway looks!
    Kisses from Miami,
    Borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  24. Love the porcelain-shades, very beautiful! Great writeup- your first sentence "There is a kind of magic when a girl wears anything created by Valentino" captured my attention already. Ooh And I love the black shades in the collection, created a very classy, elegant yet somehow innocent look in the girls.

    Just followed you, definitely looking forward to more posts :)

    xxx
    Tessa

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