– By Nausheen Shah –
Magical, realism, naturalness – three words Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli employed to describe their Fall/Winter 2013 collection for Valentino prêt-à-porter. And that is exactly what each piece evoked as it promenaded along the Tulleries runway.
Inspired by paintings of Flemish masters, the collection took a definite turn from last season’s studded, transparent synthetic garments and accessories. Rather, the silhouettes were sleek, beginning with a series of long sleeved, A-line shifts all sporting white cut-out collars and peplums, a trend that continued on to most pieces throughout the collection. Chiuri and Piccioli even went as far to create square necklines that, cropped like a portrait, drew attention to the face.
There was a definite reference to a pilgrim culture led by the flower embroideries, prints and scalloped edge detail. Or perhaps it was the color palette that gave this sensation with shades of scarlet red, royal blue, silvery grey and of course the season’s standard black and white taking center stage.
Accessories revealed a sensual severity referenced by wide tongues on shoes with chunky heels. T-strap, patent leather Mary Janes are modernized with under layers of velvet coverings. Even the bags ooze the sensual carnal red exhibited by the clothing through out the collection.
But the main objective that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were able to execute, was recognizing the undeniable connections of Flemish culture with our contemporary world bringing their biggest fans a rigorous yet seductive collection for the upcoming Fall.
Nausheen Shah is a New York based fashion designer turned stylist who has worked for the likes of Catherine Malandrino and Zac Posen. In her travels, Nausheen’s love of language, cuisine, art and interior design flourished, informing her unique, distinctive, and global style. She is a fashion contributor/luxury travel writer for the New York Post and also runs her own ‘fashion as a lifestyle’ blog – A Shah’s Life. Nausheen may be followed on Facebook @nausheenshahstylist and Twitter @nausheenshah.
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