123 posts tagged "Valentino"
Is it just us, or were we on to something in elementary school? Suddenly those jelly shoes, glitter manicures, and playsuits that so quickly fell out of favor are feeling pretty fresh. We’ve already purchased a closetful of crisp shirting and artistic prints this spring, but we think every wardrobe needs a few pieces that are just fun to wear. Enter jellies, hair bows (clipped into messy waves for a less prim look), pastels aplenty, sparkly accents, and playful accessories, which pay subtle homage to our hopscotch days without feeling too literal. Feel like a kid again with pieces by Sophia Webster, Valentino, American Apparel, and more, below.
1. Edie Parker watermelon acrylic clutch, $1,495, available at modaoperandi.com
2. Valentino split-back playsuit, $1,953, available at net-a-porter.com
3. Sophia Webster purple-and-green color-blocked Violeta sandals, $112, available at ssense.com
4. Deborah Lippmann glitter nail lacquer in Candy Shop, $20, available at sephora.com
5. American Apparel small bow hair clip, $10, available at americanapparel.com
In today’s Throwback Thursday video, Tim Blanks looks back on Valentino’s Spring 2001 Haute Couture collection, which featured “real clothes” and fresh-faced models like Stella Tennant and Carmen Kass. There were suits, cocktail dresses, daywear, evening gowns—everything a woman could ever need, all executed to perfection. “It’s a vision of another time in fashion,” Blanks says. Couture has since become more about spectacle and drama than wearability, but Valentino’s influence remains in Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s collections. See for yourself and watch the full video here.
Cannes’ red carpet has yet to disappoint. From Lea Seydoux’s jeweled Prada gown to Riley Keough’s refreshing Valentino ensemble, this year’s sartorial oeuvre has been equal parts timeless French glamour and 21st-century chic. One trend that’s caught our eye is feathers. It may not even be fair to refer to it as a “trend,” seeing as feathers are among the most traditional of embellishments (see 18th-century feather boas and twenties-era flapper dresses), but today’s iterations have a thoroughly modern spin. Laetitia Casta’s feminine number stood out at the opening ceremony. In a sea of silk and satin, the fluffy white plumes felt classic yet a bit unexpected, given fashion’s love affair with minimalism. Carole Bouquet donned a slinky feathered Chanel dress, and later in the week, Freida Pinto, Heike Makatsch, and Julianne Moore joined in on the fun.
Perhaps we have Chanel’s Spring ’14 Couture show to thank for the recent feather revival—after all, Bouquet and Moore’s gowns were both plucked from the collection (although the stars nixed the spiky hairdos). Pinto’s full-skirted Michael Kors creation had a slightly beachy vibe, and Makatsch’s off-the-shoulder frock looked especially of-the-moment. With a whole five days of Cannes’ red carpets left, we’re interested to see who else joins the flock.
I’m looking for a colorful jacket to wear this spring. By now, I’m exhausted by my dark clothes—even my favorite black motorcycle jacket that I wear every day and night. I’m looking for a colorful leather topper that will remain a classic wardrobe staple for seasons to come. In my opinion, red is a neutral tone that you can wear all year long. And with that in mind, there’s no one in the industry who does the shade better than Valentino—the famous Valentino Red. Part of the Absolute Rouge Signature Collection, this motorcycle jacket can be customized with studs, any of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet, and/or eight symbols offered. So feel free to add stars, little hearts, your own initials, and so on. The same treatment can be given to a selection of rouge shoes, bags, and small leather goods. This is what I call taking personalization to the next level.
Valentino Red biker jacket, $6,690, available exclusively in Valentino stores or at valentino.com.