June 15, 2012

Most great dresses have all of the following characteristics: 1. Balanced proportions on a flattering fit. 2. An element of intrigue via print or embellishment. 3. A hint of comfort, physical or emotional, but preferably both.

Valentino provided many examples of such dresses in their Resort 2013 collection. The understated elegance of the dresses drew the eye to all of the right places (and help minimize the other ones), giving simple shapes equal parts structure and ease.

Source: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/15/just-one-look-valentino-4/?ref=t-magazine

More on finding the perfect dress for your shape: http://tmblr.co/Z-EKnwLqHNMM

May 12, 2012

Luxury fashion can be deeply philosophical. Or at least it is according to the creative directors of Valentino, Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. For their Spring/Summer 2012 collection, the design duo found their cultural spine in the finest flowering of French thought, keying in on the eighteenth century’s Age of Enlightenment and particularly the return to “real” values that Rousseau endorsed in his State of Nature philosophy.

"If you don’t think about fashion, you just do clothes" said Piccioli. "Fashion needs culture or it becomes empty. Couture is a real value, it’s not superficial."

Read more: http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/S2012CTR-VALENTIN

It is great to see that Piccioli and Chiuri have been able to honour Valentino Garavani’s legacy, while adding an intellectual dimension to the eponymous brand of the famed “maestro of Italian Couture”.

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