Sabato, 22 Settembre 2018
PARIS

Valentino presents Flemish-inspired collection at Paris show

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By Kate Carlisle
Paris, March 5 - Flemish sensuality as portrayed
by the artist Jan Vermeer in his masterpiece The Girl with the
Pearl Earring has charmed Valentino designers, who brought the
feel to the fashion house's fall-winter 2013-14 collection shown
on the Paris catwalks this week.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the creative
duo at the helm of the brand, sought inspiration from the works
of Vermeer and other Flemish artists, mimicking the way they
portray women in their most intimate moments - writing a letter,
tying a sash, fastening a string of pearls. Those
private moments made sublime through art flowed down the runway.
Woven into the delicate layers of suggestion by the
creative duo were also snapshots of contemporary Flemish
artists, like Suzanne Jogmas and Hendrick Kerstens, that focus
on depicting subjects in relation to everyday objects.
How does this translate in the pair's collection?
'We conceived of a more austere, severe, even regal
sensuality.
'For the necklines we focused on cuts and shapes to enhance
and highlight women's faces,' said Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier
Paolo Piccioli backstage.
'We worked with different and varying lines, including
tulip and vase shapes, to find a fit for all women'.
The result is a collection of luxurious dresses, graceful
in their length, embroidered with designs inspired by Chinese
porcelain.
Macrame', lace and velvet embellish blouses that sport
collars embroidered with beads or made from mesh-patterned
jacquard.
Clean lines that hit just above the knee interchange with
longer cuts that cover the ankle.
The color palette orbited around china blue, pale yellow,
scarlet, and gray all punctuated from time to time with black.
Shoes and handbags studded with pearls appeared over and
over, tying together the constant theme of the central artistic
inspiration.
Coiffed models wore long braids and velvet hairbands,
harmonizing with the old-world Netherlands atmosphere reproduced
by the fashion house.
Among the front-row celebrities were American model,
television and film actress Jessica Alba and fashion designer,
actress and television personality Nicole Richie.

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