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Paris Fashion Week: Valentino missing its edge

March 9, 2011 |  5:13 pm

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Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli showed a collection that hit many of the season's trends, but in a rather bland way.

The color palette was neutral (black, blush, navy, black) with pops of fall's favorite oxblood, mustard yellow and bottle green. The designers started with a new kind of soft suit in double cashmere, composed of a cardigan jacket and flared skirt. Details included knit insets and decorative studs, a play on those studded shoes from spring that are still selling like hotcakes.

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And lace, was there ever lace--both Chantilly and laser cut leather lace, with floral appliques or geometric designs. Feather and chevron motifs were also in the mix, and handbags came in patchwork snakeskin.

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Much of it was very pretty, but the edginess that typically takes Chiuri and Piccioli's collections to a modern place was missing.

-- Booth Moore in Paris 

PHOTOS:

Valentino fall-winter 2011 runway collection photo gallery

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Photos: Looks from the Valentino fall-winter 2011 runway collection shown during Paris Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times.

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