Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have won the hearts of the Hollywood and social sets. For proof, one only need look at the red carpet—Sarah Jessica Parker and Dree Hemingway wore Valentino
couture to the New York premiere of Sex and the City 2
and the Cannes amfAR gala, respectively. Now, the designers have set their sights on their fabulous clients' daytime wardrobes. Taking cues from both the late sixties (when Valentino Garavani was one of the first couturiers to use logos on ready-to-wear) and the current runways, where sportswear classics are so in vogue, Chiuri and Piccioli put the focus on strong, statement outerwear. They turned out a navy cashmere coat trimmed in leather with brass turnkey closures and subtle Vs on the pockets; a mackintosh in sporty cotton camel, but with a couture shape; and a lean trench dress cut from green Chantilly lace and leather. Heritage, but with a slightly dangerous edge, is how they like to think of it. The same description fits for the eveningwear, in which cheery garden party florals slowly fade to black on the hems of sleeveless dresses and strapless gowns. Well, most of the eveningwear. There were a few perfectly pretty flower-strewn frocks for occasions when edge is out of the question.