105 posts tagged "Valentino"
At the Fall ’13 Couture shows, a trio of houses uprooted the bright and breezy blossoms we’ve seen of late (just take a look through the recent Resort ’14 and menswear shows, and you’ll see what we’re talking about) for a more subdued, somewhat edgier take on flora: branch and stem motifs.
Zuhair Murad printed leafless twigs across a number of dramatic gowns (above, right), evoking a pop-noir winter wonderland of sorts. In its chimerically zany collection of repurposed vintage, Swarovski spikes, and yet more Kanye-favored face masks, Maison Martin Margiela showed a fuchsia column overlaid with embroidered wildflower stems (above, center). And, lastly, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli produced a dazzling cosmos of natural-world-inspired wares at Valentino. Here, it was coral that reached around heavy brocade (above, left) and crawled up silk insets. Sure, coral is technically fauna, but its sinewy offshoots are branches nonetheless.
At this time last year, designers were busy making knee-length Bermudas and basketball shorts. This Resort season, they took things one step further, lowering hemlines on baggy, culotte-inspired trousers so they hit somewhere between mid-calf and just above the ankle. We noticed crisp white styles in the new lineups from Thakoon Addition, Ports 1961, Adam Lippes, and Sonia Rykiel (the latter two whipped them up in pliant leather and pleather, respectively). And while labels like Valentino and Roksanda Ilincic, among others, showed the fresh silhouette in a casual context, Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci made them evening-appropriate in black satin paired with a pair of killer ankle-strap sandals. Unless you’ve got stems like Joan Smalls’, we’d recommend rocking heels while test-driving this trend.
On June 13, Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri (who serves as the house’s co-creative director alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli) and her daughter, Rachele, headed to Barcelona to take part in Cash & Rocket‘s 2013 Car Tour—an auto race started by Cash & Rocket’s founder, Julie Brangstrup, that invites women from the worlds of art, fashion, film, music, and business to help raise funds for various charities. This year, the team of 70 women—including Margherita and Teresa Missoni, Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Patricia Arquette, Selita Ebanks, Charlotte Stockdale, Betony Vernon, Jodie Kidd, and Jo and Leah Wood—were driving in support of Shine On Sierra Leone, which is helping to build a primary school for 300 children; Orphan Aid Africa, which aids in creating a survival center to support 100 dislocated families; and Sumbandila, a charity that provides high-quality secondary education to underprivileged children and families in southern Africa. The event, which was sponsored by Valentino, saw the ladies drive 35 sports cars from Barcelona to Rome. Here, Chiuri shares her experience from the open road exclusively with Style.com.
Here is Julie Brangstrup, the creator of Cash & Rocket. She’s an amazing woman and mother of six.
I am driving a beautiful Maserati GranCabrio. It’s my first time ever driving an automatic, but this car is absolutely fantastic. Rachele and I are team 12.
Finally arrived in Cannes after 650 kilometers. Thirty minutes to change and dress in all white for an all-women dinner on a beautiful island in front of Cannes. Continue Reading “Designer Diary: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Postcard From Cash & Rocket’s European Road Race” »
Hedi Slimane sent out dresses that called to mind the “kinderwhore” fashion pioneered by Courtney Love and company during grunge’s nascent years. But the Saint Laurent designer wasn’t the only one who embraced baby dolls for Fall. At Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli updated the youthful silhouette with couture-level craftsmanship, while Emilio Pucci’s Peter Dundas and Undercover’s Jun Takahashi showed wispy lingerie-inspired takes on the trend. For proof that the abbreviated shape has legs off the catwalk, look no further than Alexa Chung, who can rock a mini like no other—those pins! Sky Ferreira, meanwhile, could’ve passed for Love’s sophisticated little sis in the sparkly Saint Laurent number she wore to the Met Gala.