Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest collection for Italian fashion house Valentino was a showcase of graceful, ladylike dresses in weightless fabrics and finishes.
Comprised heavily of lace, flowers and embroidery, the Spring/Summer 2012 line was inspired by the work of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and Italian photographer Tina Modotti, whose photographs of early 20th-century Mexican culture informed the cut and embellishment of many of the gowns. Modotti-inspired puffed sleeves, folkloric flower appliqués, and iconic O’Keeffe floral prints that were subtly hand-painted decorated statuesque column dresses.
Photography by New York-based artist Deborah Turbeville also informed the collection. Her moody sepia shots of forgotten muses inspired the delicate embellished sheers, ruffles and ankle-length tulle, dyed in a poetic colour palette consisting mainly of nude shades. Lifted by accenting poppy red and Pepto-Bismol pink, other eveningwear pieces included cropped shirts, featuring sheer gauze panels, all-over netted chiffon, and light polka dot details.
Paris Fashion Week concluded yesterday.