Friday 12 November 2010

a few of my favourite Valentino pieces

These are my favourite Valentino creations from the exhibition.

I have tried to unearthed pictures of the clothes divine on people rather than the fashion dummies in the exhibtion.

I loved everything from the Valentino White Collection, created in 1968. Still so modern.

Vanilla wool jersey dress with a circular cape with long laced suede boots ~ haute couture A/W 1966 – 1967.

This delicate ensemble with ruffled cuffs and appliqué of small flowers from the white and ecru toned haute couture Spring /Summer 1968 was worn by Audrey Hepburn and modelled here by Marisa Berenson for Vogue.

And this lacy vanilla mini, was worn by Audrey Hepburn and attracted world attention when Jackie Kennedy chose a version of the dress for her wedding to Aristotle Onassis.

A stunning white evening gown of coils, from haute couture S/S 1993, sculpturally hugs the body. It was worn by Ashley Judd to present Valentino with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2000 American Fashion Awards.

The two black transparent gowns below are amazingly beautiful in reality,

and the images struggle to capture the beauty.

Black & white evening dress ~ for the cocktail hour, cobwebs of jewelled sequins in black and white, feather-hemmed and transparent crystalline gown; haute couture A/W 2003 – 2004.  Black evening dress from haute couture A/W 2004 – 2005.

Dramatic and shimmering brocade dress coat with black trim; haute couture A/W 2006 – 2007.

Exquisite white evenin gown panels of sequins, beads and crystals, pleated tulle;

haute couture S/S 2007; fabric: Sophie Hallette; embroidery: Marabitti.

Flesh-coloured evening gown embroidered with ostrich feather fringes in a camaïeu of pinks alternating with bands of pink beads and lines of white strass crystals; haute couture A/W 2007 – 2008; fabric: Sophie Hallette; embroidery: Shameeza; feathers: Galeotti.

This gorgeous pink dress and cape is one of my favourite, favourites!

Evening ensemble Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2007–08 / Empire dress with draped bodice, sheath with ribbed darts and triangular train made of pink silk crêpe; cape entirely composed of pink organdy petals; fabric: Ostinelli; embroidery: Pino Grasso / Collection: Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris

Evening suit Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2008/ pale tulle appliquéd with an origami in pink faille embroidered with iridescent pink glass beads, knotted half belt, overstitched pink stain collar and cuffs; fabric: Buche-Guillaud; embroidery: Pino Grasso

White bejeweled evening gown with crystal trims; haute couture S/S 2008; fabric: Hallette; embroidery: Hurel.

I love the mystery and beauty of the lace masks from the Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2009-10 collection. The short, flirty dresses in wisps of black lace, are a little bit dark and gothic and a little bit Midsummer Night’s Dream, very ethereal.

A Chrysalis dress in bronze and black organza with encrusted lacquered lace

Tattoo dress “oiseaux de nuit” in Chantilly lace, feathers and “lave”

The gorgeous off-white pantsuit from the haute couture S/S 2000 collection at the front left ~  Valentino was an ardent fan of pantsuits for women in the early ’70s and pioneered the evening pajamas look.

Another favourite that I couldn’t find an image of was a LBD, haute couture S/S 1960;

and then there were some lovely creations I discovered….. some extra Valentino exquisiteness!

And a stunning vintage piece for the finale!

{Images via Vogue}


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    3 Responses to “a few of my favourite Valentino pieces”

    1. Cate says:

      Thank you so much for the feedback. I have corrected this. All the best, CAte

    2. brooke says:

      This post is beyond amazing. I could not agree more with all of your commentary. Such beauty…

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