Valentino Autumn-Winter Haute Couture 2013

Creative Directors at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s latest Haute Couture line left everyone shocked. It was to everyone’s surprise, the whole show was very dark, and mystical and used the color gold in several looks. However, it was most shocking that a lot of crude shades of brown and green were used in nearly all of the dresses. Over-all, the designs were all surprising especially the first look in the show.

This dress is definitely one of our favorites. This is because it’s patterns are so complected and intricate and seem like they are too much yet they still look elegant and beautiful. Also, the hippopotamus one the front seems like the perfect finishing touch to the dress. This dress made me re-think my views in fashion because it is mostly in the most horrible, crude and rough shade of brown and yet it still looks wonderfully powerful and elegant, this seems like a new gate way for fall colors like brown, and orange. I also never thought I would like a dress with a printed animal like a hippopotamus, I personally think this is a phenomenal dress.


The first look in the Haute Couture show wasn’t the only dress that used crude colors that I initially thought to be unappealing on women and clothing in general, through the whole show several dresses like the previous one have animal shapes, and have crude colors, here are some:

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Slowly, the dresses started changing. The outfits evolved from furry, swampy colored, intricate patterned dresses to a more familiar Valentino, with much less  brown and more beige, with more subtle prints.


Later on in the show, you can barely find any brown, beige or any other similar color just cold, icy colors like white, blue and silver.

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These last few looks in the show don’t have any dirty fall colors, but only have these cold, icy winter colors. The whole show is finished with one marvelous dress that allows us fashionistas to finally understand the show as a whole.


Compared to the other looks, this last design looks completely summery, with crustaceans and shells on the bottom and its revealing neckline, it reminds the viewer of the seaside and summer. This makes the person watching look at the whole show as a whole and realize that creative Directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli just showed that transitions of the seasons using their designs. First, they used hot, swampy fall colors like brown, orange and fuchsia on intricate patterns. Then they moved on to the lighter browns and beige and more subtle patterns to show the end of Autumn and the beginning of Winter where they bring out the models looking like ice Queens in cold looking Grey wool coats. Finally, they end the show with this summery, seaside delight. This whole journey took place with the models looking wonderfully elegant and strong.


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