For Fall 2012 Valentino Couture, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli showed a collection of darkly romantic dresses that were far more sensual than what the pair has shown before. Transparencies were used to great effect, but rather than the usual ethereal femme look of the past few seasons, this time around there was more sexual energy, it was more charged, a bit more aggressive. That was clearly a good call as it gave some zing I think the Couture collection needed, and certainly perked up expectations.
The color palette focused on a midnight blue, a some black mixed back with gold, and a few hits of color here and there in a mimosa yellow, dusty pink and of course a requisite Valentino Red evening gown. Maria Grazia and Pier Paolo expanded upon the dress shape they have been developing since their arrival at the brand- natural waist, narrow bodice, floaty fluted skirt- and played with accordion pleats, new types of embellishment and in shorter silhouettes one side of a hem tacked up to reveal some more leg- a look I loved. -RS (Images via Vogue.com)