Valentino has far too strong of a personal sense of
style to let himself go with the trendsdon't even
dream about pop '80s references here. Instead,
he delivered the polished, elegant clothes that his
devoted clientele can always expect.
Small wool or embroidered silk ponchos were a
recurring element for both day and evening; linen and
crepe suits looked sharp and sexy, fastened at the
waist with a delicate bow. Sporty blouson jackets with
zippers, balloon-sleeved chiffon blouses and skinny
trousers were both relaxed and absolutely proper. The
dresses made a bolder statement, evoking the laid-back
grandeur of the French Riviera: Organza, taffeta and
georgette gowns were printed with polka dots, large
florals and graphic animal motifs in shades of
chartreuse, mango and, naturally, Valentino red.
Evening teetered on the decadent, with slender columns
and minute, short dresses that dazzled with a shower
of sequins in gold and pinkpresumably, Valentino's
recipe for a night of excess.