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Valentino Haute Couture S/S12

The creative duo referenced Victorian England through Liberty prints, pastels and white lace

Since their arrival at Valentino, creative duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have dug up pre-20th century references that they subtly merged with contemporary touches. This season was no exception, as nudges at childrenswear from Victorian England (from pastels, white, Liberty prints made for a sweet, reserved elegance), and Second Empire-inspired dresses walked down the runway – all for a decisively 2012 result. 

Think simple, mid-calf skirts and bejewelled cardigans for the daytime, and straight-cut tops paired with flowing, elongated skirts in taffeta for evening-wear. Ballgowns were either strapless with lace and silk applique, or with a high neck, sheer sleeves and plenty of bows. As for the recurrent loafers, worn with a matching pencil skirt or pleated trousers, those offered a more informal touch to the intricate collection.