For Fall, Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli get pretty creative. The prints reminding me of walking into a vibrantly hued Ikea store when I was 9. Bring back that creative arts and craftsy feel, in a more mature fashion. As Grazia Chiuri and Piccioli use their signature silhouettes of: Cape, Lace Dress, Trench, Full Skirt, A Delicately Cutout Neckline on a Dress, and a Baroque Haute Couture like Evening Gown. Giving the collection that Creative, artsy feel that I just love, with a very wearable and Classy twist.
Butterfly embroidered gowns at Valentino. Insect wings outlining the gowns at Honor. Carolina Herrera taps her Pre-Fall collection, “Bee Happy.” Elephants and dragons are drawn on to the pieces at Roberto Cavalli. A feather coat adds that Wow factor at Chanel’s Pre-Fall show in Dallas. And Jean Paul Gaultier has only these words to describe his latest Haute Couture collection, “Life is a Butterfly!”
Ever since the Pre-Fall season began, designers have been looking out their windows for inspiration on their latest collections. Throughout the Pre-Fall collections, many designers demonstrated the importance of outerwear, with fur and feathered separates. While Reed Krakoff’s collection sure did seem to show off some of my favorite animal prints. Some designers seemed to opt more for flowers and insects, especially during last week’s Haute Couture Fashion Week. Carolina Herrera takes inspiration from the bumble bee, while at Valentino comes a segment filled with Butterfly embroidered gowns, in both the brand’s Haute Couture and Pre-Fall collection. While flowers get their share at Zuhair Murad, Giambattista Valli, and Elie Saab’s Haute Couture collections; and Matthew Williamson’s Pre-Fall collection. I guess doing something as simple as looking out the windows can produce a really fascinating collection.
Last week’s Valentino Pre-Fall collection no doubt seemed to be our preview for today’s Haute Couture collection in Paris. As those butterfly embroidered gowns may have just been the inspiration. As Valentino’s Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli take us on an Imaginary journey to a Mystical Garden, far far away. With a butterfly embroidered cape. Feathers top off a tutu in rich hues of: Olive, Oxblood, and Nude. A Cheetah gets drawn onto a floor length evening gown. Fringe tops off an Asian inspired robe. While lace covers Neutral hued evening gowns. All apart of Valentino’s mystical journey. Bon Voyage!
From baroque evening gowns, Native American printed jackets, to an Owl sweater dress, and flower petals draping on a black chiffon gown. Valentino Creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli seem to be putting together many of their elements from collections over the past year with some elements, for a very fresh feel. As Chiuri and Piccioli will be presenting their Menswear collection for the House, tomorrow and the awaiting Haute Couture collection next week. They leave us Sparked with excitement on their upcoming collections. Especially when a black lace and sheer dress gets a ruffled sheer white collar, very Pre-Fall/Fall 2013 inspired. Beautiful Native American inspired prints, (one of my favorite Pre-Fall trends), get warmed up for Winter’s frost. My favorite Preppy staples of tweed, cashmere, and the Equestrian boot get vamped up with Tropical printed hairbands, oversized handbags, and moccasins. Fur gets an Artistic vamp. An olive cap serves more as a drape than a dress. Brightly gleaming Butterflies shimmer on a black chiffon evening gown. And Baroque and Lace evening gowns make me go back to July when Valentino’s Haute Couture collection hit the runways! Eclectic, indeed!!!!!
When Valentino hit the Spring runways back in October, a decadent, Queen like but very Southwestern and Bohemian vibe came about. In the collection’s campaign, Craig McDean captures the vibes and inspiration of the collection, as they came to life. As Valentino favorites: Malaikia Firth, Esther Heesch, Ine Neefs, Maartje Verhoef, and Auguste Abeliunaite; hit the Rocky desert in the Queen like, Southwestern inspired ensembles of Valentino’s Spring 2014 collection.