Thursday, January 28, 2016

Valentino haute couture Spring 2016



Okay here goes... Another season, another huge collection on the runway, although by Valentino standards this was a small one. It occurs to me that they must have factories whose only mission is to manufacture sample collections and given the usual size that will keep those hands and machines busy every day year in year out. Okay, but I digress; there is no question that one must recognize and applaud the exquisiteness of every collection due to the extraordinary detail and workmanship involved season and after season. Yes, their ateliers boast wildly amazingly astoundingly rendered effects and techniques and that being said, those are the positives.
 
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Now let’s talk the reality of it which is... Again? Really? More of the same and by the way I am not quite sure who is buying 6 figure gowns that more or less look like ridiculously expensive peignoir sets or possibly trousseau negligees. So in my mind, these pre-Raphaelite ethereal goddess gowns and these Fortuny-esque gowns are nothing more than examples of impeccable workmanship and pushing the limits of the workrooms. These are clothes for those couture customers who wish to boast how high those 6 figures reach. BTW, there is something Biblical about these clothes and I mean that Literally!
 
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What I want to know is whatever happened to the deliciously sexy, sometimes signora, and provocatively sexy Valentino? What happened to the amazingly chic day clothes that the house once produced? And please don’t tell me that times have changed for I will counter and ask if women stopped appearing in daylight. It is shows like this that remind those of us who can still remember that Valentino was once a great and formidable house that didn’t rely on shoes, studs, sneakers and handbags for successful earnings or forced rave reviews.  Amazing as it may seem in today’s world of fashion, Valentino actually stood for and depended on its clothing whether it was couture or otherwise and that is how its reputation was built.
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