Valentino has far too strong of a personal sense of style to let himself go with the trends—don'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 pink—presumably, Valentino's recipe for a night of excess.