Inspired by wunderkammer (Renaissance curiosity cabinets), Valentino’s Fall 2013 collection was quintessentially couture with its combination of simple shapes with meticulous detail. What appears to be a simple black dress on the runway, for example, is actually embroidered with crystals and is the product of 500 hours of work. Another gown has a train stitched with 2,2000 river pearls and gold thread. With the Leonardo da Vinci quotation “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” tacked at the top of their mood board, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to bring daywear to couture with dresses like the one shown here. The laser-cut lattice pattern of this black, long sleeve dress creates a sophisticated daytime look with a hint of curiosity. We’re calling first dibs.
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