Couture Review: Valentino S/S 2011

27/01/2011 15:44 | Updated 22 May 2015

Valentino Couture spring/summer 2011Valentino's spring/summer Couture collection. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

THE LOOK: Back to nature just about sums it up; fragile butterflies, feathers, petal embellishments and a delicate pastel pink palette were evocative of a sublime summer garden. The high necklines and loose-cut gowns were evocative of Pre-Raphaelite portraits by artists like John Everett Millais.

OUR FAVOURITE PIECES: What struck us was the overwhelming relaxation of silhouettes, which exhibited expert couture craftsmanship without shoving it in your face. Standouts included a beige crepe full-length dress that was loosely belted at the hips and featured fluted sleeves. Elsewhere, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli produced the fashion house's iconic red dress, this season in above-the-knee and full-length versions.

WHO WAS THERE: Tara Reid, Charlotte Dellal, Dasha Zukova and Caroline Sieber.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: Chiuri and Piccioli have truly got into their stride since taking over the fashion house, and expertly meet the needs of the traditional couture client, while recognising the need to appeal to the more laidback tastes of women in their twenties and thirties. The fashion house's trademark ruffles and frills were still very present, but they are exploited in a manner that feels well and truly current.,feedConfig,localizationConfig,entry&id=976576&pid=976575&uts=1296123591

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