With more than 50 years of history (established in 1960), the house of Valentino has taken a lighter and softer (yet keeping a sense of romance) approach this Spring Summer 2012. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli used clean silouettes as canvases to showcase the different types of textures, embroidery, weaves, motifs and embellishments.
My eyes were drawn to the details rightaway. Models, including our local favourite, Sheila Sim, looked as though they've just stepped out of a fairytale wonderland - all sweet, elegant and romantic.
The hottest colour trend of Spring Summer 2012 yet - pastels (in shades of pink, yellow and blue) - are combined with fine fabrics to create the subtle sexiness of lace, sheer and cut-outs. Then again, a collection will never be completed without the Valentino signature red. I find it fascinating how much difference in appeal the use of colours actually has on the overall designs; looking all pretty in pastels while turning up the sexy volume in bold red.
Elongated and slim silhouettes defined the gowns with a balanced mix of crystal embroidery and flower appliqués. A muted palette of champagne beige and almond green, the evening ensembles are absolutely dreamy and gorgeous.
Fancy a touch of punk? Studs adorned the accessories from totes, handbags to wedges and pumps. It's amazing how the studs are placed strategically so they are not overdone while keeping the designs feminine and sophisticated. The geometrical studded tote (below) has officially scored a significant place on my wishlist. Whether is it the punk rock chic look or ultra ladylike class you're going for, it's perfect for both!
If you are thinking that Valentino has turned to denim designs, stop right there! They are actually made of plain weave, a material that is hardy and durable.
Shop Valentino Spring Summer 2012 Collection at #01-03, Ion Orchard or online.