On Wednesday the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris hosted the splendid Valentino Haute Couture show. The collection was true to the name consisting in the same delicate embroideries and flowy figure-hugging shapes as in the previous seasons. The whole concept was built on a feeling of understated elegance, with round necklines and long sleeves. The collection blended subtly daywear and evening gowns with a gorgeous elegant color palette consisting of beige and black with touches of red, gold and pistachio.
The show was praised as being the best collection of the house since the new designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciori, took over. Some comments said the garments were very "Kate Middleton", perfect for a modern-day princess, which is also the direction in which it seems the designers themselves wanted to go. The gorgeous lace dress worn by Freja Beha Erichsen in the picture above was called by them "The Little Princess". In a period when the Kate Middleton rage is still very much in everybody's attention, this collection drew the best inspiration and knew how to appeal to the public.
Among my favorite pieces are the princess dress I already mentioned, the knee-length beaded dresses, the dark blue gown, the suit and the gown worn by Ruby Aldridge and of course the stunningly simple velvet pistachio gown. I also really liked the styling, always very fresh and youthful. The golden flowers in the hair were the perfect accessory complimenting the garments.
Here are the runway looks. Which one is your favorite?