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Backstage at Valentino AW14

Valentino AW14

From leather minis in pop art dots to ethereal tulle gowns embroidered with hummingbirds

Initial reaction:

An elegant shift between harlequin prints, 60s inspired colour pops and classic Valentino couture with intricate floral and butterfly embellishment.


Circular motifs in the first part of the collection were inspired by female pop artists such Giosetta Fioroni, Carol Rama, and Carla Accardi. They adorned leather capes and dresses in hot pink and red swinging sixties polka dot flower patterns.

How they wore it:

With polka dot booties and clutches with leather straps that wrapped the hand.

Unexpected details: 

From afar, the collars of mini dresses looked like a textual leather, but upon closer inspection turned out to be microscopic leather floral embroidery.

Stand out look:

A closing series of tulle gowns, with delicate Giosetta Fioroni-style embroidery: stars, hummingbirds, an English garden that appeared to grow from the hem, and bright red roses.