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