Sunday, October 16, 2011

Valentino Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear

As I spent my Sunday afternoon (routinely) scanning through's plethora of fashion shows documenting the Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Season, I stumbled upon the Valentino collection. And holy Mexican Gothic-inspired Independent Woman. What a show.

"It made me excited to be a woman." Front row-er Jessica Biel exclaimed. "[The clothes] are about confidence. Just put it on and kill it."

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciol's Spring 2012 Collection for Valentino was designed for a woman "who makes her own revolution in her mind," described Picciol, who hoped to channel a "space of the mind where you can find yourself," conveying Mexican influences through the feminine garments.

"You see the collection but in some way you can touch the collection," Chiuri elaborated, "We think that when you see a show, it is important that you use all your senses."

"You can smell this color; it is so exciting, this pink color," Chiuri said of the dress at right.

Nicole Phelps of said, "Too ladylike, too precious, too little-girlish, too vulgar. Any of those outcomes could've befallen a show as laden with lace and flowers and embroideries... but they didn't. Not for a second."

Though all the frocks were beautiful and lovely as only Valentino can be, my absolute favorites are posted below. The dress at right is a little too haute-couture for me, but hey! What's true fashion without a little risk?

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