2009 October 7

Valentino - Paris Spring 2010

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(PARIS) Are there new designers at Valentino again? Something happened to Maria Grazia Chirui and Pier Paolo Piccioli this summer around couture time, when they moved away from that classic jacket-with-a-sequin-button formula and adopted a goth-tinged romanticism. The couture show signaled that this brand is headed in a new direction, and that sentiment was indulged in ready-to-wear as well. While at times all that beading and ruffling felt a bit fussy, there were plenty of simple chiffon evening dresses in the most flattering mini length that will prove successful with Valentino fans both developed and new. The mostly-nude palette was plenty sophisticated, and it worked best in the leaner silhouettes like a loose metallic lace tunic. Evening shorts were another novel idea; same with extensively feathered sandals. While the collection was a bit light on daywear, the evening offerings had plenty of frippery to chose from.