Valentino Couture F/W 2013, A Royal Wunderkammer

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Tomorrow it’s Christmas Eve and I was thinking about what I could write in order to be as great as this magical moment. Valentino has always provided an enchanting palette of artistic expression and visual delight, so when you take that and add a magnificent couture theme, the outcome is nothing but spectacular. After resembling the beautiful Dutch paintings for the fall 2013 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have turned their attention towards a seventeenth and eighteenth-century tradition, the cabinet of curiosities.

The Wunderkammer
The cabinet or curiosities, also known as Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer, was a collection of types of objects which belonged to different domains such as natural history, geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, art and antiquities. At first, the collection was arranged across the entire room rather than a piece of furniture. (source)

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The Details
Weather corals, fossils, sea creatures or insects, the two designers have incorporated many representative elements of the Kunstkammer in their work. The details are exquisite: delicate lace, outstanding beading, gold and silver thread embroidery, artistic prints and elegant velvet create a thoroughly-done collection which stands out through its royal-like aura.

Look 1
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Look 3
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 The Minaudières 
Charming flower appliques on capes or beaded golden case clasps shaped in difference forms complete the list of extravagant, yet incredibly beautiful elements tied in this collection. Talking about clasps, here are just a couple of the charming pearl-shaped minaudières. The ‘wonders‘ of the world have been reinterpreted and added to them as clasps inspired from cultural elements such as the zodiac.
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The Daywear
But you’d be surprised to know that I absolutely fell in love with the more austere and simple day-wear. Apart from the extravagant gowns which are undoubtedly beautiful, the collection contains a series of outfits of understated elegance which I would love to see on the red carpet. My love for minimalist looks is tingling. The tailoring and the lining are absolutely perfect!

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As for the beautiful gowns, there haven’t been too many appearances on the red carpet. That’s mostly because their greatness does require  grand events. Diane Kruger and Shu Qi opted for two of the dresses while attending awards ceremonies. I would love to see Keira Knightley donning one of these looks though.

With all this being said, I hope you enjoyed the post and Merry Christmas everyone!

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