Valentino Fall 2013 Couture Collection

Posted on July 10, 2013

Valentino Fall 2013 Couture Collection




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  • Ms_Flyover

    This is the first thing I can remember that has made me look forward to summer ending and snow coming. I love the weight of it – and I will be looking for the OTR version of that black dress with the cutouts at a mall near me (in 2 or 3 years…)

  • THIS is couture. Sublime handling of textiles, perfection of fit and drape, subtle and exquisite embellishments, counterbalanced with occasional firework displays of over the top spectacularity. BRAVO!!

    • Deb_Lynn

      It was impeccable. I might just watch that show again (and again and again). I found a couple pieces didn’t fit in the whole story (like the poncho), but I DO have an untrained eye, and I’m sure someone with more understanding can connect the dots.

      • The poncho was an odd note, though the graphic detail of it connected it to subsequent pieces. I also found a few of the more overtly nude looking pieces a bit jarring in contrast to the severe elegance of so many of the tailored pieces. I am still gasping over the en pointe plaids. YIKES that is so hard to pull off well.

        • barbarienne

          At the first sheer/nude gown, I wondered what the model might be thinking. “All the other girls get to wear heavy coats, and I’m a see-through nightie?”

          Granted, it’s a gorgeous, impeccably made, see-through nightie, but it threw me out of the moment.

    • HM3

      I agree. I can’t recall gasping so many times in delight at ANY other T-Lo post. I love everything.

    • j_anson

      Yes this. I even like some of the sheer ones – like that sheer with the gold and silver leaf motif over it, 10th from the bottom? – and I usually dislike sheer stuff.

      • The majority of the sheer pieces work it in a fairly discreet way, so its not a full on china display. Valentino’s dislike of the overtly sexual in his work is something I appreciate.

    • wanderlustlive


  • Much like Mad Men had an influence, I am feeling like Game of Thrones is doing the same.

    • PetyrBaelish

      First thing I thought when I saw this collection. I can see several of these pieces worn by the women of Westeros.

      • eandh99

        The grey cloak ensemble is very Cersei, I thought.

    • cbt22

      I got a weird Game-of-Thrones-meets-Downton-Abbey feeling from several of the pieces.

    • barbarienne

      I am not the slightest bit saddened by that. (See the username.)

    • ankali

      Good call.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    This feel a whole lot like Dolce & Gabbana to anyone else? I love it, but it really has that sexy Monica Bellucci Itallian widow on the prowl feel that is D&Gs wheelhouse.

    • chill85

      I agree, and so did Cathy Horyn herself in her review: “the classical motifs and ladylike correctness were in the vein of Dolce & Gabbana, which is scarcely what Mr. Piccioli and Ms. Chiuri want.” Hahahaha.

    • Very much so. The hair looks a lot like their icons collection from last season.

    • AmeliaEve

      Yes! To me it felt derivative and not as daring.

      I always think of Valentino as flattering and feminine, but a lot of these look just plain boxy and awkward. The detailing is lovely, but the spark is missing. And only three red dresses!

    • E. D.

      I agree and I’m not a big fan of D&G. I like the herringbone and tweed, the black dress with the cutouts and several of the pale dresses, but that’s about it. Everything is beautifully constructed though.

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      I agree. After the first 10 or so looks I thought the post was mislabeled and this was the Dolce and Gabbana Couture collection.

    • ankali

      I did think of the D&G icons collection with that first dress, but there’s a restraint and delicacy to the Valentino collection that differentiates it, I think. Plus there are a lot of pieces that are rather sleek & minimalist, and that’s not something I associate with D&G at all.

      Short version: Valentino is a fancy-dress ball, D&G is a really chic Italian sex party.

      • DuBey2

        Spot on with your Short version synopsis. I’ll remember that.

  • Corsetmaker

    This is beautiful! Valentino doesn’t enthuse my much usually but this is just sublime.

  • mjude


  • gabbilevy

    This is such a beautiful, luxe collection, but MAN was that sheer lace… thing… a huge needlescratch moment.

    • Deb_Lynn

      And that will be the piece a celebrity will don….

      • Sagecreek

        I imagine Kristen Stewart has already ordered it.

        • mila_8

          My thoughts exactly, could hear her calling dibs.

    • filmcricket

      Right? Coat, dress, gown, poncho, NIGHTIE, cape, fur, tweed, SHEER… One of these things is not like the others.

  • alyce1213

    The coats! Gasp.

  • Frank G

    WAY too derivative of Dolce & Gabbana.

    • AlisonS

      YES! When I said “Total Hellen Miram” I realized that’s because this collection was total D&G!

  • Some of this looks like bad decoupage scrapbooking, which makes it hard for me to see the beautiful tweed bits.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    ewwwwww red veiny dress.

    • DuBey2

      Awww. I loved that, because I thought it was supposed to be red coral, overlaid on the luxe black capecoat and dress.

  • SugarSnap108

    How did mullet hems crash this couture party? Otherwise, this is pretty much taking my breath away — especially the coats!

  • Lori

    That 2nd top is totally freaking me out. It looks like her sternum is a gateway to a demon dimension or something. I do not want my clothes to make me look like a walking hell mouth.

  • hughman

    I was all “whatever” until I got down to the red satin hospital gown and then I thought “You know what? This tanned, leather-bound old queen is just pulling our leg. He has been overtaken by his bubble and actually believes what all his high strung, ass kissing coterie tells him.” It’s not art, it’s “Where’s Waldo?” where Waldo is good taste and common sense.

    • Thank you, hughman, for pointing out the Emperor in the room.

      I personally think most of this collection is butt ugly and unwearable. Those wool tweeds are giving me some kind of sensory memory itches and twitches. I had something way back when in a similar fabric that made me itch all over when I wore it. Maybe the native Southern Californian in me just automatically rejects so many cold weather things in one group.

      • IMNAngryLiberal

        I could not agree more — I kept going back and forth between the posts and the pictures trying to figure out what other people were seeing in this collection that I did not. It not only looks heavy and uncomfortable, it looks matronly.

    • padma sallah

      I must say, I kind of felt the same way and until I scrolled through the comments, I did not realize I would be one of the cheeses that stood alone on this. This collection did nothing at all for me and while I did appreciate a few pieces here and there, the one word running through my head was “drab”.

  • MilaXX

    Mostly pretty. Not sure how those sheer dress/granny panty looks fit into a Fall collection, but love the tweeds with the applique. Now go away until September. I’m getting hives just looking at this.

  • TLJezebel

    Even the House of Valentino can’t escape Granny pants. I would KILL for those coats, though.

  • Annarosa

    granma collection

    • quiltwombat

      I am in total agreement – most of it made me think “old lady dress/coat” with the exception of the sheer stuff which just looks so tacky.

    • nowlo

      Nope, it’s Jane-Eyre-meets-Jackie-O with a dash of D&G’s baroque thing. It’s awesome.

      • Annarosa

        “a dash of D&G’s baroque thing” it is not a plus, in my opinion. But it’s just my opinion.

  • In_Stitches

    Old, disparate ideas stapled together to form something new-I love it. There isn’t a lo that is conventionably wearable, but what is is truly gorgeous.

  • anotherkate

    Pretty, if a bit baroque for my taste. I like the coral print a lot.

  • Blair Sylvester

    It’s a really strange mashup of prim and sexy. Also it’s seems kind of dreary.

  • conniemd

    Some really great jackets, but most of the collection is such drab coloring. Fall doesn’t mean drab, brown, black and beige. Nor does it necessarily invoke sheer black and beige.

  • Clueless_Jock

    The fabrics look straight out of Scalamandre. Way too heavy.

    • DuBey2

      Yes, especially #51(6 up from the end). I kept staring at it, but it seemed like beautiful drapery or upholstery fabric. I can picture a wardrobe malfunction in that strapless dress due to the weight of it.
      But I also couldn’t stop staring at that fabric or the last look.
      I loved: #12,19,20,34. Also, am I the only one who’s not into this well-below-the-knee length? The fabric seems to bunch between the legs as even the models (who walk Way better than I do) walk the runway.

  • frannyprof

    Ugh. More sheer lace. But the collection is stunning, I have to say.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    There seems to be something for everyone here. It’s quite beautiful for the most part.

  • marlie

    I love this. I love the textures, I love the simple silhouettes of the tweed coats and dresses and the brocades… A few pieces don’t really float my boat, and some don’t really seem like they “belong” in this collection, but overall, it’s so sumptuous and well made.

  • maggiemaybe

    I’m speechless. This is one of the most beautiful collections of couture I have ever seen.

  • TSkot


  • save_the_hobbit

    I find it so odd that my reaction the entire time I was “God, this is awful. Some of the pieces look like they came from a decoy PR collection” and then I scroll down to the comments and everyone loves it…I guess fashion really is subjective. And yes, before anyone points it out, I know a LOT more work went into these than any PR contestants…I’m just saying that the final result for some pieces doesn’t seem worth it.

    • sara_loud

      Actually, STH, I had the same PR thought! There are a few pieces that I loved but the rest, eh, not so much. Also, the shoes…gah…awful (IMHO)

  • EEKstl

    I truly love this. Stunning.

  • Slade Thunderdragon

    Valentino wins.

  • j_anson

    Well, this is just my kind of collection. The organic motifs, the sumptuous fabrics, the general prettiness, the relatively subtle evoking of royal gowns from paintings. Mmm.

  • Kathryn Tewson

    I feel like some of these fabrics were poorly chosen for their silhouettes.

  • bertkeeter

    This is what haute couture is about! Don’t quite see the comparison between this collection and the D n G ad campaign…..Her yacht maybe off the shores of southern Italy, but I’d bet she never set foot in Calabria!

  • Richard

    I think It’s too dour and heavy. Not a fan.

  • crash1212

    Love the tweeds and plaids. Beautiful textiles.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    The group of dresses starting with the black cut out are very pretty, and some of the coats/capes are spectacular. I have always thought ‘Valentino=not like anything else’ But this collection is so derivative of most of the other lines out there, esp. D & G. Disappointed. Usually this line is fun crazy. I don’t feel the fun here.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    So boring and so done that it’s beyond making fun of.

  • kimmeister

    I like the pieces in which the fabrics are somewhat in the same family. When they start mixing tweed with sheer and rococo swirls, I’m out.

  • barbarienne

    LOVE most of these pieces. Some are too staid for my tastes, and I’m not in favor of the stiffer pieces. (Fine as art, and this is a couture collection, but if the RTW versions are that stiff, then I will not like.)

    My favorite is that spectacular blue coat with orange twig-pattern at #19. Oh, if I were rich, that would be mine!

    • DuBey2

      With you on the spectacular blue coat/cape.

  • SewingSiren

    Ever so elegant. The day wear especially breath taking in its beauty. Unusual but not theatrical.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    I’m seeing the Jane Eyre Collection. For depressed governesses, crazy ladies in the attic and brooding, blind husbands everywhere.

  • TerryMarie

    I’m surprised at all the love for this collection. I thought it was dowdy, for the most part — all that brown tweed!

  • silaria

    There are a few really lovely things here, but they’re drowned out by stuff that is either boring and underdone or overworked and painfully convoluted. This collection could have used a lot of editing. I’m not normally a fan of tweed, but I like the idea of mixing it with more modern fabrics. I just don’t think this collection succceeded.

  • formerlyAnon

    If I promise to wash my hands really, really well – I’ll even wear cotton gloves if you want – please, can I see these UP CLOSE?? Can I turn them inside out? Please?

    These fabrics are beautiful. I want to hold a length of that tweed up to feel how it drapes. Is that brocade or embroidered silk on the gown 5th from the end? I want to feel the way a beautifully cut coat hangs from one’s shoulders. I . . . I . . . I don’t know whether to swoon or to weep.

    (The fact that I don’t actually like about a quarter of these garments doesn’t change the impact at all.)

    • Donna Tabor


      I have some gorgeous Valentino fabric from the 90’s that would work so well with some of these simple silhouettes. It’s a silk and wool ottoman in red paisley.

  • Anniebet

    Lots of boring tweed and (sigh) more see through black lace. Some over the top prints and puckery satin. A few stand out dresses. But my take away impression? Holy batshit – a freaking poncho!

  • Catmommie Joan

    Great heavens. Beautiful clothing, but what’s with the models? Is that Jane Eyre Chic, or something?

  • rougeort

    I don’t know… ever since Gretchen’s final collection on PR I’m prejudiced against collections with heavy usage of brown. This didn’t work well for me. Though that 7th look is KILLER.

  • fishmermaidman

    Ahhh! The natural history illustration ones! What I wouldn’t give.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Valentino tends to bore me (especially his shows with repetitive, similar-looking gowns). But this collection! Wowee! I loved it all!

  • Aaminah Khan

    This is the most I’ve liked Valentino in forever. Not that I particularly covet any of this, but it’s just so well-made and beautiful. I enjoy it in the same way I’d enjoy a particularly good art exhibition.

  • DilettanteDeconstructed

    Those fabrics. All that texture. Good god, I love it all.

  • demidaemon

    These are some beautiful fabrics and intriguing designs. However, the nearly 100% sheer looks are a no, and many of these (the majority of the first two-thirds) reads a bit mature.

  • quiltrx

    It seems a bit disjointed to me, but overall a lot of pretty. I particularly like the cutwork, the brocades, and while I don’t love all the pieces it’s on, the lacework is very elegant.

  • MannahattaMamma

    So many white models…really it’s a shame that there aren’t any women of color working as models in fashion….
    oh. wait. um…er… you mean there *are* women of color walking the runways? Oh. Maybe they were all busy. Yeah. That’s it. They were all already booked. Of course.

  • Corsetmaker

    Going back over it again, this is a couture collection for couture clients. There’ll be a few Russian oligarch’s wifes filling their wardrobes from this.
    I really like the juxtaposition of sheers with tweeds, the lace, the embroidery on the coats. The fabrics are exquisite! Some garments I don’t like but as a whole it’s beautiful. And oh to be able to get my hands on and wear that black dress with the cut outs.

    I also like the positioning of that suburst frame to give every model an icon-like halo 🙂

    • DuBey2

      About the sunburst: I was wondering if thats why they styled the models with such boring hair, If it was all a plan for that icon-like look as they came down the runway?

  • ankali

    I wish Valentino would get over the drab colors all the time, and I’m not crazy about some of the tweed and most of the tan looks. That said, there are many more hits than misses, and the hits are all absolutely gorgeous. Very original, opulent, and ethereal.

    I don’t really have the vocabulary to describe the ones I like, but that first dress is just beautiful, the orange-and-navy print coat gown is a knockout, I love the capes, and I surprise myself by really liking the use of intricate lacy lingerie under the sheers.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    I actually love a lot of this? I agree the tweed is a tad over-deployed, but there are some beautiful silhouettes in the coats and I love the weight of everything. The sheer lingerie bits are dumb but overall I’m getting a wintry Jane Eyre vibe that I think has it’s place.

  • Pudgy Possum

    So many types of gorgeous!

  • Do want. [sigh]

  • wanderlustlive

    Just WOW.. Love many of these looks.

  • librarygrrl64

    I want practically all of the coats and that last gown. But a lot of this feels a bit like the D&G stuff from last year. Which I mostly loved, but still……