Saturday 20 July 2013

Valentino :: Paris Haute Couture spring/summer 2013

Le silence de tournesols ~ the silence of sunflowers.

Breath-taking dresses of luxe embroidery, crystal beading, cording, lace of multi-colored flowers and hand-painted organza from Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for the Valentino spring summer 2013 Haute Couture collection is magical.  The collection was inspired by  labyrinths, where nature meets architecture and science meets spiritual rebirth.

Vanessa Axente



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Marie P

Vanessa Axente1

Esther Heesch

Caroline B

Caroline B1

Maud Welzen

Maud Welzen1

Valery Kaufman


Antonina Vasylchenko

Monica Jac1

Monica Jac2

Kremi Otashliyska


 Katya Riabynikina

Hedvig Palm

Ava Smith

Kati Nescher

Clarice Vitkauskas


Iris van Berne

Julia Frauche

Juliana Schurig




Hanne Gaby


Cara Delevingne

Ondria Hardin


Esther Heesch1

Kayley Chabot

Meghan Collison


Style revealed the incredible skill involved in creating these gowns.

One  extraordinary dress featured layer upon layer of organza, embroidered with butterflies and birds, the whole lot wrapped in a tulle cage scrolled with crepe piping. According to the notes, it took 500 hours of hand-rolling to produce the piping in just one dress. One roller apparently developed carpal tunnel syndrome during the production of the collection. There were plenty more such examples of artisanal effort ~ it took 850 hours to embroider an organza jacket and skirt.

The analogy the designers employed was a garden, where you see the grace and delicacy, but you never smell the gardener’s sweat. “Couture has to be magical,” insisted Piccioli, and that clearly included the power to make the graft disappear.

Images via Fab Fashion Fix


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    One Response to “Valentino :: Paris Haute Couture spring/summer 2013”

    1. Ana says:

      This whole collection is just one great touch of genius.


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