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Valentino S/S 2010 RTW

December 31, 2009
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I’ve always had a soft spot for Valentino. Whether it’s the designer’s utterly ridiculous orange skin tone or his iconic red dresses, the brand has been adored by many fashion-obssessed girls like myself. Previous runway collections have had an aura of sophistication, elegance, and grace, conjuring the essence of a true lady.

Today, however, the design house is run by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli. The designers’ sophomore collection embodies modern It Girls like Alexa Chung and Leighton Meester – it’s young, a little sexy, and always dramatic. Even though the Spring collections debuted months ago, I had to post about this collection now simply because it’s one of my favorites. Without further ado, I present the highlights of the Valentino S/S 2010 RTW collection:

Flirty Dresses:

Party girls, take note. The dresses in this collection feature fearlessly short, strapless silhouettes. Whether you prefer an airy, architectural confection (left) or a detailed metallic number (right), be prepared to show a lot of skin. However, though Valentino is catering to a much younger audience this season, the apparel is still as classy as ever.

Sheer:

The sheer looks were my favorite. I especially love the shorts and blazer combo (left). The fabrics look luxurious, lending a rich, sensual tone to the look. While the look is obviously very revealing, impeccable tailoring and a gorgeous nude and gray color palette prevent the outfit from looking trashy. The cocktail dress (right) has a beautifully embellished layer over the sheer shift dress. While this look isn’t for everyone, it certainly makes a dramatic impact.

Dark and Dramatic:

I’m not a big fan of rompers, but Valentino makes this trend look delicious. The one-piece (left) is sleek, dark, feminine, and undeniably hot. The dress (right) is my ideal party dress – a perfect harmony of dark, gothic elements juxtaposed with the girliest of details, such as a floral lace print, an oversized bow at the waist.

Details:

I love the hair in this collection – soft, not quite perfect, tousled. The rich honey and golden tones in the models’ hair added to the warmth in the look. The makeup – a subtly smoky eye and a nude lip – adds a familiar touch. The hair and makeup echoes the sexy, undone mood of the collection. The shoes are incredible! The fanciful sandals were crafted by Philip Treacy, featuring lace wings up the ankles and slender straps across the feet.

Verdict:

To borrow a phrase from Rachel Zoe, I die.

(All photos from Style.com.)

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