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Valentino delivers elegant 1960s collection

 Models present creations by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2010...
 A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2...
 A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2...

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Models present creations by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2010...

FRANCE FASHION

A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2...

FRANCE FASHION

A model presents a creation by Italian fashion designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino's fashion house Fall-Winter 2009-2...

Looking at Valentino's collection of A-line day coats, rhinestone-emblazoned sheath dresses and chiffon evening gowns, one could be forgiven for mistaking Tuesday's winter 2010 pret-a-porter show for a winter 1965 display.
The Italian label's new design team delivered a collection steeped in the sophisticated elegance of the 1960s, when founder Valentino Garavani established the house.
Day coats in a rainbow of rich brocades, some with fur-trimmed hems, were calling out for a French New Wave starlet. The sheath dresses, with their perfect sun-pleats, had Jackie O. written all over them.
Still, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli didn't just blindly copy a bygone past. The duo's inventive, clean-lined day coat-cum-capes had a contemporary, even edgy feel.
Asked about the philosophy behind their designs, Chiuri responded, "We like gorgeous."
Chiuri and Piccioli, longtime designers on Valentino's lucrative accessories line, were named in October to replace Alessandra Facchinetti _ who replaced Valentino upon his January 2008 retirement.
Tuesday's show drew heavily upon the duo's first collection, a rich 1960s-inspired haute couture collection that included many of the label's hallmark elements, from oversized bows to swirling roses.
Following the January display, Valentino _ who was rumored to have disapproved of the direction Facchinetti was taking the label _ jumped to his feet to give Chiuri and Piccioli a standing ovation.


Updated : 2021-09-20 08:17 GMT+08:00