If you have a thing for immaculately tailored coats and incredible detailing, let me introduce you to Valentino Haute Couture. I recently flipped through the pictures from the Fall/Winter 2013-14 show and fell in love with it all over again.
The Look: Picture a Renaissance woman mixed with Renaissance-era furniture. The whole show, from the clothes to the hair and atmosphere was very, well, Renaissance. Staying true to the fashion house’s roots, Valentino’s head designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpoalo Piccioli, designed their collection with an old-Italy vibe that radiated through the bronze- and gold-hued collection. All of the looks had a very wearable couture feel, as though they weren’t meant for just red carpet events, but daytime elegance. Chiuri and Piccioli used plaid in some of the garments, and although I’ve never liked the pattern at all, the sophistication of the clothes took the “country” out of the notorious print and made it look clean and polished. What really caught my eye was the brocade and lace detailing on some of the dresses and coats that made the transition from pattern to pattern cohesive and pulled the entire collection together.
Here is a sampling of my favorite looks from the show: