Runway Report- Valentino Gives Us Elegant Matrons With a Twist For Fall 2012

Valentino’s chic understated glamour came out strong in Paris today wearing leather skirts mixed with wispy light blouses, delicately beaded gowns and structured knee length dresses. With their middle parted pulled back hair and minimal makeup the girls looked more like a member of the von Trapp family than anything else.

Valentino designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have certainly given the overly romantic brand a makeover by introducing an edgier look. Valentino has always been known for its red dresses, gown upon gown in bright rouge have been paraded down the runway for the past several decades when Valentino Garavani designed for his label but this is 2012 and times they are a changing. Piccioli and Chiuri put their spin on a Valentino classic and sent out a midi length red dress with a built-in leather chest.

The palette stayed safe with the typical black, nude, red and ivory but the duo’s signature bead work was incorporated into several gowns and dresses mostly with tight round collars only some of which had a deep v neck.

Overall we hoped to have seen greater strides towards a modern look than what was ultimately delivered for Fall but understand that its difficult to make too many changes to a brand with such a loyal clientele not to mention the fact that the Valentino woman is typically a less “adventurous” mature lady. A whole new generation of “Val’s girls” are however noticing the brand which has been around since 1960, “It’s the same elements, but with a new attitude,” Chiuri told Vogue.co.uk in 2009. “It is more cool, modern, contemporary,” Piccioli added, “very uptown goes downtown.”

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