This Da Vinci inspired collection focuses on simplicity, as art once again is front and center on the runway. The Valentino Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013/14 Collection Paris is absolutely fascinating and extraordinary to see. The showing of the collection in Paris was the fashion event of the century. Every detail in the room, designed according to Da Vinci’s legacy, added to the “art showing” mentality of the fashion show. The show was romantic, enticing, and a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience. The level of designer brilliance in the room was unparalleled as a mastery of silk, velvet, sheers, fur, tapestry, and cotton, all demonstrated with flair, created a massive wow factor. The collection took over 800 work hours to complete and was exquisite beyond belief!
Details, details, oh how you will love the details of this collection. The kimono style outfits in the collection included so many details in the artwork that one could spend an hour admiring them. The kimono gowns, created with beautiful silk, ranged from exquisite prints to ravishing red solids. The matte outfits in the collection were striking with a black origami-decorated gown, and vivid red pants suit. The keyhole cut-out bodice in the rich, solid color matte outfits was glamorous and enticing. The collection also included frocks that ranged in variety from sheers, matte and silk, to cotton fabric. The highlight of the show was the wearable tapestry, which was worthy of gifting to the royals. The detail and time spent on these pieces was very apparent with delightful designs and eye-catching colors that added an almost fantasy-like feel to the show. The triumph of the Valentino Autumn/Winter 2013-14 Haute Couture Collection Paris is a victory in its own right; this collection should live on in an art museum for generations to continue to admire.