Although Valentino Garavani's design aesthetic was not something that I responded to, I appreciated and acknowledged his place in the fashion world. Valentino's restless pursuit of classic elegance and glamour, which many designers abandoned for designs that are more conceptual, at least allowed the fashion house to stand out. After very ungraceful sacking of Alessandra Facchinetti only after one and a half seasons, and appointment of the designing duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli as the artistic directors, their effort to 'modernise' Valentino aesthetic actually led the house to lose its signature. After last Haute Couture season's misfire, the designing duo of Valentino opted for more romantic, classic Valentino approach.
The collection had its eye on younger generation of clients. As style.com's Tim Blank puts it, this was 'Haute Couture collection for the Twilight generation'. Many of the looks had adolescent silhouette with short skirt, dropped waist, and baby doll which evoked somewhat sinister side of Lolita.
Most garments had air of simplicity and although this collection looks very much like Alessandra Facchinetti's first and only Haute Couture collection for Valentino, it was great to see something more Valentino this season.
Full collection in HQ