Valentino Haute Couture Autumn Winter 2011

Last season I said that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli weren’t suited to design couture, but I am beginning to change my mind. This collection had just the right amount of simple shapes, elaborate detailing, and luxury to make a beautiful couture collection. Plus there was a very nice Valentino red dress. I’d say this was an excellent collection, one of my favourites of the season (but Giambattista Valli wins.)

The one major downside to this collection was the number of sheer dresses and nipples on show. I think designers take the easy way out when they don’t line a dress. Of course a model looks great, but who is going to have the breasts and panties on show in real life? Hardly anyone. And the dress will be very different lined. I’d like to see designers trying to figure out a way to maintain the beauty and lightness of a sheer dress, but without putting private parts on show. That’s not too much to ask, is it?

I love…

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

a glamourous long sleeved dress.

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

a simple but luxurious coat dress.

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

Valentino red dresses.

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

this elegant white cape.

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

old Hollywood glamour.

I loathe…

Valentino, haute couture, fashion shows, Fall Winter 2011

an outfit in desperate need of a lining.

All images from Vogue.com.

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  • http://www.imtheitgirl.com/ anya

    For accessory designers, they have really proven themselves with this collection. It feels and looks like Valentino.