Valentino Fall/Winter 2011: Too Safe For The Runway? (PHOTOS, POLL)
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Paris Fashion Week might have ended on Thursday, but we're still catching up on what came down the runway. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciolo showed their latest collection for Valentino on Wednesday evening, full of delicate dresses, tailored coats and sweaters ripe for fall.
Chiuri and Piccioli introduced deeper colors, like navy and oxblood on rich fur coats and trim leather trenches. Then came lighter fare in sheer silk tops, filmy pleated skirts and long, slim gowns that flaunted the atelier's prized couture effects -- lace, chiaroscuro and flower appliqués. There's no question it was beautiful, and also a bit safe. But there's a case to be made for consistency.
The L.A. Times sang the same tune, with Booth Moore writing, "Much of it was very pretty, but the edginess that typically takes Chiuri and Piccioli's collections to a modern place was missing."
And then there was this from Cathy Horyn:
From Valentino, you see a trim collection of suits and coats in beige double-faced cashmere with gold studs arranged in neat rows, geometric plays of lace and leather, and limpid evening dresses in such pale, blurry prints that you feel you have been given Ambien.
Ambien, eh? Well, we guess that can be taken as a jab or a compliment.
Take a look and tell us what you think. You'll probably be seeing the looks on a red carpet near you soonly.
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