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Valentino Womenswear A/W10

The new duo Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri are out to shake things up.

PhotographyMorgan O'Donovan

The ruffles of the Valentino of yesteryear were given a good shake-up this season by the new design duo Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri. This modernisation is best seen when the ruffles have been applied to the collar of a cropped leather jacket and matching skirt which sums up their intentions. On beige and white jackets and day dresses that ruffle around the chest and neck area, they become formidable structures as opposed to motifs of feminine excess. Still, as the show progressed and the dresses got increasingly delicate and feminine, the romance was still there and of course Valentino red was also present. The ruffles eventually played out as painstakingly hand-beaded tiers that graced a floor length gown as well as being draped across the body, sashaying and swaying in a coral pink and a finale red number.

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