Romance on the runway

Romance on the runway

I finally managed to catch up with the Spring/Summer 2010 Ready-to-Wear collections, and the one that caught my eye for the season is by the House of Valentino at Paris Fashion Week. Maria Graza Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, who were appointed Creative Directors in 2008 after Valentino Garavani retired, put together a collection that is romantic  — ‘fairytale-like’, as the designers put it — with a lot of chiffon, tulle and ruffles, edgy with black silk and mesh, and intriguing with sheer fabrics and neutral and earth tones. In short, an incredibly sophisticated and elegant collection, and probably one of the few that I want in my closet — and in its entirety.

But the true works of art are the shoes that were created by Philip Treacy for the collection — court shoes and sandals in lots of lace and frills that should never be worn anywhere except at home:

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