Paris Spring 2011 : Brought to you by the letter V
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have completely turned Valentino around to the point where it's actually one of the shows I look forward to each season ( I was not a big fan of the house when Mr. Garavani was still there -SACRILEGE!- I know. Their experiments with lace this season took them to an interesting place where the designs took on retro-little girl-bohemian vibes that totally sidestepped the whole Lolita thing and are so wearable they are borderline-conservative (that's a compliment).
This dress is really a super fancy house-dress, but like, I WANT to wear super fancy house-dresses ALL THE TIME! It wouldn't be too hard to turn this witchy either, so, you know... I need it.
Giambattista Valli has been moving away from the hyperfeminine voluminous affairs that had become his trademark and has embraced the minimalist vibe currently sweeping fashion land. The coolest detail in the collection was the metallic pockets that appeared in button-down shirt and sweet little apron dresses which gave everything a slight hint of retrofuturism.
Of course it was when his old and new styles collided that I was the most excited. This white short sleeve shirt is totally geeky but when you add the super cool metallic pocket and super amazing feathered and flowered ballgown skirt, the whole concept of black tie and luxury is taken to another level. I wanna see somebody get married in something like this!