fall prêt-à-porter, paris: valentino
by Jeremy Danté
from campaigns to concepts, the valentino collection has successfully transitioned into a new era of design, in my book. as one of my favorite designer collections each season, a refined elegance is applied to simplified style & minimal distraction- which allows the foundation of true style to be more clearly identified. from my love of their menswear collection to my admiration of this set, which preys on a more natural aesthetic, i love how much of what is seen, these days at valentino is very subdued. use of sheer, lace & feminine neutrals are well balanced even with use of fur, which is constructed with an air of light elegance. classic design elements like bows, nude leather heels & well tailored dresses- the palette chosen for this collection is just as charming as the collections designs themselves. deep notes of navy, green, maroon & brown were contrasted with ethereal use of pink, muted tones of mustard yellow & soft florals were seen. all in all, it’s feminine, completely charming & very thoughtful. the valentino collections showcase a poetic side of womenswear while others are focused on strict, structure; there is an element of fluidity with the valentino collections. im very pleased with this season’s collection.