Spring 2013 Couture: Valentino goes for curlicues
Posted by on January 24, 2013 | 6:55 pm EST

Forests, gardens, and parks were the resounding theme of many designers who staged couture shows at Paris Fashion Week. Although some focused on creating garden-inspired venues, Valentino easily stood out by having gates built on the set of its runway show. However, that’s not the reason why the label took our breaths away. Rather, it’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s decision to incorporate intricate curlicues into their collection.

From short to floor-length dresses, these spiral patterns – which are often seen on the fences of medieval mansions and even public parks – complemented the collection’s exquisitely subtle and airy qualities. Embellished on the garments were curlicues that arrived in colors such as red, white, and black. Although these details often distract from the craftsmanship, this is one of those rare instances where everything came together like a dream.

Although the models looked like they were caged in the clothes, we can’t deny the fact that Valentino just put curlicues on the trend radar. Besides the clothes, the house was able to integrate the classic decoration into the pumps the models walked in. One of our favorites is a delicate black cape with curlicues draped over a gown with bird appliqués. The extraordinary look captured the collection’s voice – one that spoke of fragility, strength, and exceptional technique.

Everything was simply spectacular, breathtaking, imaginative, and of course, desirable. While we’re betting every stylist and star is eyeing Valentino for the Academy Awards, who do you think will land a dress from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week’s standout runway show?

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