Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear
February 24, 2014 New York
Each Red Valentino collection addresses a different fairy tale, and it's clear that Fall was inspired by Snow White. Marine Deleeuw played the lead role in the latest lookbook, shot against a Lichtenstein-esque Pop Art backdrop, modeling whimsical clutches that read "Once Upon a Time" or "The Fairest of Them All." There were also sweet frocks splashed with the Disney character's visage and intarsia knits featuring allover hearts or the fable's poisoned apple. While the finished result was indeed cutesy (and occasionally a tad costume-ish), designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli viewed the narrative mostly as a jumping-off point. "We didn't want the story to stay in a childish territory, but to take the dreamy idea in a direction that's younger, more street, and a bit rock 'n' roll," they explained during a phone interview, so there were plenty of modern incarnations of Snow White here. For example, she looked cool in a clear PVC trench, and had a bit of a grunge edge in a leather biker jacket, long jacquard skirt, and flat oxfords. Meanwhile, there were also plenty of functional pieces such as bright puffer coats, denim rompers, and plaid mohair bombers that were sidewalk-ready. And despite the cartoony delivery (you can't really blame the designers for going all-out on a fun theme like this), the lineup ultimately had plenty of real-world appeal, too.