Friday, February 5, 2010

The Garden of Eden in cyberworld!?

So it's been a while since my last entry, but my thesis/collection is taking all of my free time and also I'm designing one mural in Sabanilla and another one in Limón. But it's necessary to post more about the Couture week in Paris, the one I always wait for and the one that makes me drool.

Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani was born in 1932 in Italy. He moved to Paris at the age of 17 and studied at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts and at the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne ♥. He worked for Balenciaga and for Guy Laroche. In 1959 he opened his fashion house.

He's now known for his beautiful gows, his beloved red, his tan... All of this has made him one of the favorites for red carpets and for celebrity occasions. There's a movie about him, "Valentino: The Last Emperor", a documentary which features the designer in various events and also his last show, celebrating the 45th anniversary of the brand. In 2007 he retired after presenting his last haute couture and ready-to-wear shows, where he was acclaimed and received an ovation for his brilliant career.

Now, the creative directors are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who worked for their third collection for Valentino. Sarah Mower discribed it as "the Garden of Eden in cyberworld" and very influenced by Avatar.

Hmmm... I'm not loving it... I think the first looks were the most interesting to watch. The colors chosen for this spring collection were really really different as the ones Valentino himself used in his previous creations. I don't think is completely cohesive. The work and the skill of the team is more than obvious, seeing those draped jackets is amazing.

It's a nice and modern offer for the customers, but I don't know how the loyal-old ladies would take this. Neon is a color that is really in, speacilly for summer but it has some limitations. What bothers me a little is that they're not following a line, a style for the brand. If you saw Valentino's fall couture collection the nothing related, not even the style. I'm aware that fashion needs to change and evolve, but it has to keep the signature and the scense of the brand.

Here's a selection of looks that I liked.

My favorite! Love that neon + nude.

The pants ♥. Hate the jacket, the colors are a little cliché.

I think this look is too modern for a bow...

Great coat, great shoes!

Love the asymmetry of the top.



  1. Rajado amé los pantalones también! El primer look y el vestido amarillo están bellos también, pero no me gustó que usara modelos TAN delgadas, se ve mal!

  2. tengo una fijación con las skinny models!

  3. Estoy amando la colección. Los colores y las simetrías me parecen súper situles y bellas. Siento un futurismo inteligente en esta cole, and I fucking love it.

    Y comparto con vos la última opinión. Si ves la colección de plano -al menos yo- no la asociaría a Valentino at all. Si bien es cierto, es importante mantener una imagen fresca y actualizada de la casa para los compradores; pero creo que esta colección es muy drástica para Valentino. Osea sí se puede hacer -Por ejemplo Chanel lo esta haciendo- pero deberian conservar la escencia de la casa.

    Overall: Love It.! Y pueden seguir haciendolo, porque las piezas estan BELLAS, but theY need to get Valentino signature back.

  4. la colección es hermosa!
    le falta un poco para parecer de valentino. creo q todo el mundo con el boom de balenciaga, busca hacer cosas parecidas o reinterpretaciones.
    los drapeados son preciosos, perfectos y la carta de color es re interesante.
    la cosa es q siento q están pasando de algo muy clásico y fancy q es valentino himself a algo q no tiene ningún signature del creador de la casa.