Would you be able to tell, from looking at it, that over a thousand hours of labor went into the above dress? What exactly is haute couture supposed to look like? Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri have worked hard to redefine the Valentino name once they took over the house, and for the most part, we’re very appreciative of their efforts, which have been fresh and modern, while still adhering to the house style generally. But we look at a collection like this and wonder whether we agree that this is what haute couture should look like. We’re not of the often-voiced opinion that haute couture must, by its nature, be extravagant and opulent and unrealistic. But we do think that the final garment must at least showcase the intense work and world class craftsmanship that was put into it. Otherwise, why pay the exorbitant sum for something that looks like expensive ready-to-wear? We think this collection is very pretty and it’s not for us to define what is and isn’t haute couture, but we do find ourselves just a little underwhelmed by it all.
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