Valentino, Fall 2014 Collection

valentino-fall-winter-2014-2015-collection-runway-floral-dress-gown-style-fashionLook 1: Keira Knightley |Look 2: Amy Adams | Look 3:Cate Blanchett|Look 4: Saoirse Ronan

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are an unbeatable duo! The talented designers manage to make me fall in love with this house a little bit more with every fashion show they put on. After being completely and irremediably in love with last year’s fall collection inspired by the beautiful Dutch paintings,  I can’t stop feeling the same about the new fall 2014 one. The runway was vivid and colorful, yet strong and elegant. The designers incorporated a variety of style expressions, but still highlighted the core of this fashion house.

Minimalism blended with couture.  A lot of the elements seen in the SS2014 couture collection were kept in. The sophisticated tulle and lace dresses were embroidered with floral motifs and see-through fabrics were decorated with little birds and butterflies. As I mentioned before, the show did not miss the minimalism. Simple, yet utterly feminine dresses completed the collection. (more…)

Naomi Harris in Valentino @ NAACP Image Awards 2014

naomi-harris-NAACP-Image-Awards-valentino-pre-fall-2014-dress-red-capret-2014-style-fashionI was left in awe by the beautiful British actress when I saw these pictures of her at last night’s NAACP Image Awards. Naomi wore a Valentino Pre-Fall 2014 sheer gold v-neck dress. This design suits here very well. I like the fact that she opted for very subtle accessorizes and let the dress speak for itself.

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Valentino Couture F/W 2013, A Royal Wunderkammer


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. (more…)

Zoe Saldana, “Blood Ties” Premiere

zoe-saldana-dress-blood-ties-valentino-2013-cannes-film-festival-red-carpet-lookZoe Saldana joined Marion Cotillard on the red carpet for the premiere of “Blood Ties”. The actress wore one of my favorite Valentino dresses! Yesterday I looked through the fall 2013 collection again and wondered if I would see this dress on the red carpet and… here it is. The embroidery is enchanting and the design so feminine, I am very happy Zoe opted for it. Again, I am on the fence about the hair, but let’s say it works…zoe-saldana-dress-blood-ties-valentino-2013-cannes-film-festival-red-carpet-look-2

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Dutch Inspiration, Valentino Fall 2013


It was Dutch & Flemish painters’ work that represented a consistent source of inspiration for Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Vermeer’s work, in particular, has been reflected in the aesthetic that the two designers have envisioned for this fall’s ready-to-wear collection. “Girl with the Pearl Earring”, for example, has been masterly interpreted and reproduced in very calm and serene looks, two attributes that Chiuri and Piccioli found in the Flemish masters’s work. The white collar – a representative element of the seventeenth-century Dutch fashion, the Delft pottery motifs, the velvet, the Dutch still life paintings, the neckline cuts, the one side braid hairstyle, the delicate and simple headbands, all merged into an outstanding well-executed collection. My favorite look is a black gown enlivened with floral motifs that is pure Valentino perfection. See it and more below:

Oh, by the way, even if you have already seen the film starring Scarlett Johanson as the girl with the pearl earring and Colin Firth as Johannes Vermeer, I wholeheartedly recommend you Tracy Chevalier‘s “Girl with the Pearl earringbook as well.