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Spring 2013 CFW : Valentino 
Fri, 8th Feb 2013
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This was a truly sublime collection of intricate and whimsical designs, involving thousands of hours of delicate hand-work, and the most beautiful and costly of fabrics - I would be staggered if at least one of these didn't make an appearance at the forthcoming Oscars Ceremony !! Indeed, I would be very, very disappointed if certain key designs from this show didn't come out to play...

I loved this show - I loved the detailed designs and the various themes and stories they told, the colours - white, red and black and not much else - and above all, I loved the delicious prettiness of it all - the butterflies and birds imprisoned in their cage of wrought-iron crepe piping, the lace-edged handkerchief hems and the spotted organza teamed with lace and sheer layers of plain tulle, creating an ethereal and beautiful effect as the model glided down the runway. 
The show programme, apparently took great delight in a detailed analysis of what each dress cost in terms of manpower and painstaking hand-work - for instance, each of these dresses below, with their cages of fancy wrought iron-like scroll-work, took in excess of 500 hours just to make the hand-rolled crepe piping !! Wow - no wonder these dresses cost many thousands of pounds to order...


Here's a pure white version - and it looks just like an iced cake !!


Following the pure unadulterated theme, here are three completely undecorated dresses, one pure white and two in red, with absolutely no embellishment at all, and they provided a great counterpoint to all the other, more fanciful dresses on the runway.


Bright red is a popular colour on the red carpet amazingly, even though there's a very good chance of either blending in completely, or clashing fiercely with the carpet colour, nevertheless, many stars go for it, so what's the betting that this plain strapless dress below shows up soon ?!!


See the pretty birds flying all over this black dress below...


Here are the handkerchief dresses with their pointy hems edged with lace and other bits and pieces...


The two full length version of this idea were very beautiful - out of the two, I personally like the left hand one best, but they could both stand a chance of appearing on the red carpet...the dress on the right has those stiff handkechief points at the front only - there's a big train at the back !!


Bright red is always a bit of a feature colour in the Valentino shows of course, and this one was no exception - here are two variations of the same idea - lace overlaid on a plain but matching background:-



Here is the selection of spotty organza dresses - all variations on the same theme:-


Full length lace from head to toe, in a very pious looking and demure dress on the left, with full length sleeves and high neckline...and then we get a short cocktail version in black with a strapless bodice and matching cape, giving the illusion of a square portrait neckline  - beautiful and much sexier !!


Now this dress below, I particularly loved - this one entails more of that crepe piping, but this time applied to a very sheer base fabric in the shape of many, many flowers all over the dress, except for the back, which gives the illusion of being almost bare...simply beautiful !! A true Oscar-worthy gown...


Here below is another Oscar-worthy gown, (in a collection chock-full of them !!) This one has ripples of applied frills in rows, with leaves of iridescent green silk, catching the light and changing colour as the model walked...


Gorgeous giant daisies appliquéd all over this gown...


Hand-painted silk with watery flowers like an Impressionist painting - gorgeous and graceful, even the huge full sleeves flutter in the breeze as she walks down the runway, preventing the wearer of this dress from looking in any way, fat...


The next two dresses featured very heavy embroidery in rich tapestry-like colours, and gave an impression of being very heavy to wear - the dresses move in quite a stiff way, when you see the video, and so could be quite weighty...nevertheless, I love this kind of brave design !!



Pretty much every dress had a pair of shoes made to match, so I picked out the best ones, and you could probably identify quite easily which dress, or group of dresses, they were made to go with:-



 I loved the shoes as they were graceful, delicate and probably quite easy to walk in...

As always, there were a few designs that bothered me for various reasons, but I could still see them emerging out onto a red carpet in the near future, so here's what I didn't much like and why:-

Even though these two black dresses were very similar to other designs in this collection, they were a bit clumsy in comparison to the rest of the show - the long one resembles a twee frilly toilet-roll cover from the 70s, crossed with a teeny touch of S & M in the lacy black fitted bodice !! Likewise the short white version below these two...
The right hand dress just didn't work for me as well as the rest of the pointy-hem designs !!The rows of black frills look a bit ragged and untidy, so what works in cream or white doesn't always translate into black as well as you'd hope !!


This pale green dress was way too heavy for me - even though the bodice is actually quite pretty, I hated the bows and frills effect all over the skirt, and the slightly dowdy look of the whole dress !!

The Valentino Collection was incredibly beautiful, and really did it for me this time around !!
My last designer in the Couture list brought out an almost equally beautiful collection, so look out for my Zuhair Murad report coming up soon...

Fri, 8th Feb 2013 (UTC)
The last pale green one - it's my favorite!
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Ha - I thought that would happen, but hey - that's what personal taste is all about !! I didn't like the swags and flowers all over the skirt, because I found them a bit old-fashioned in a not-so-good 1950s kind of way, but it may well remind someone else of other things entirely, or maybe nothing at all - you may not have come across this kind of thing before...
Fri, 8th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Lots of girly, feminine dresses--very pretty. I don't like see-through clothing like some of these were. I agree with the ones you didn't like, too. I did like the last dress except the shoulder thingy is too big and unbalanced, IMO. This dress might look good on a bigger woman perhaps.
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
The only thing I would point out about the sheer dresses is that almost always, they get lined before appearing out in public - it's a trend that's being going on for far too long now, ever since John Galliano sent a collection out several years ago...but things are heading towards a much more demure look now, gradually, sleeves are lengthening and necklines are rising - heels are lowering and bodices are more opaque...
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
"sleeves are lengthening and necklines are rising - heels are lowering and bodices are more opaque..."

That's great news for me,then! Although, I doubt I'll be on the red carpet anytime soon. :D
Fri, 8th Feb 2013 (UTC)
I love this collection. It's gorgeous!
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Oh so did I, and I love the next one too, which I have just posted up - do go and see...
Fri, 8th Feb 2013 (UTC)
I do like this collection! Thank you for sharing :-)
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
The Valentino Collection is always very popular not just with us in here, but with stars on the red carpet too...
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Quite a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly for me. I'm really over the transparent skirt looks. I agree the plain red strapless will probably show up on a red carpet someplace, but I don't think it's truely worthy. The textures were interesting tho, especially the ones that look like wrought iron fences.
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Everyone will view these collections with different eyes and form different opinions about the various dresses within, and designs like the red strapless dress may not appear to be particularly original, but it IS beautifully cut, which is the first consideration. If it makes someone feel like a gazillion dollars under the flashbulbs, than it has earned its keep !!
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Sat, 9th Feb 2013 (UTC)
Oh yes - that was very much one of my own favourites too - and it's appliqué without being see-through - hurrah !! I SO want to see this at the Oscars !!