Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear
October 11, 2012 New York
Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli make clothes that set girls to dreaming. So it's not surprising that they associate the lower-priced Red Valentino collection with thoughts of fairy tales and fantasies. "It's always about this girl—like in a children's book, she goes on different adventures," Chiuri and Piccioli said in a phone interview. This season, the design duo took her on a series of trips from Saint-Tropez to Hawaii to the Caribbean. They carried the label's whimsical nature all the way. Bright colors like cobalt blue and orange, soft landscape prints, and a series of plaids appeared on flirty frocks that you could easily picture at a poolside soirée. A denim top with ruffled sleeves, eyelet dresses, and a tweed skirtsuit, meanwhile, were among the range's memorable daytime options. Neutral handbags and feminine floral pumps—although a far cry from the clear studded accessories shown in Paris a week ago—were a nice way to accent the looks. A sheer dress and matching capelet embellished with raffia and ribbons looked like it was plucked straight from the runway. That's what will have girls lost in their fantasies all season long.