Valentino Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

Posted on August 21, 2013

Valentino Fall 2013 Ad Campaign photographed by Inez & Vinoodh.




[Photo Credit: Inez & Vinoodh for Valentino]

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  • Danothemanoh


  • marlie

    The gowns are really interestingly beautiful (the royal blue and the red with the white clooar), but I’m just confused about the shoes that look like there’s already feet in them?

    • OMG, that’s some really terrible photoshopping!

    • Zach

      That’s part of the shoe’s design. It’s like a tiny little spat, or something.

      • DTLAFamilies

        A flesh-colored spat. Nay!

      • It still looks like they cut the feet off another image and pasted them onto that one. Either way they are hideous shoes.

      • marlie

        I know… I just think they’re ugly. 😛

    • alyce1213

      Weird shoes. I have a pair of vintage (maybe antique?) adjustable wooden shoe forms, like a shoe last, from a Paris flea market that make my shoes look like that when inserted.

  • MilaXX

    I want to see which celebs attempts that green dress. More importantly I want to see a lady celeb successfully wear that green dress.

    • kimmeister

      I summon Katy Perry!

    • bellafigura1

      I could see Kerry Washington in that dress — it’s quite beautiful and would look fantastic on her skin.

      • MilaXX

        I like Kerry. I agree it needs to be a darker toned woman so that sheer pieces have more of a contrast.

    • charlotte

      I know I would look like I’m playing a tree in a preschool play. Then again I don’t have a PhD in dress wearing.

    • Bridget Smith

      I’m just waiting for the inevitable day when Cate Blanchett wears that blue gown and we all die of fabulousness.

  • kimmeister

    Feels like it was inspired by Jan Vermeer paintings.
    The faux T-straps are very unsettling.

    • Just Me

      Exactly what I was thinking….models as Dutch paintings. The background and color saturation is straight-up Girl with a Pearl Earring.

    • MoHub

      The models are pure Vermeer, but the still lifes are inspired by Dutch floral painters of the same period.

      • Sarah

        It’s all Northern Renaissance up in there.

        • MoHub

          Not really. That would be 15th/early 16th century. These are more 17th century..

          • Sarah

            You are right. Not fancy enough for Mannerism. I love them, though.

          • MoHub

            Well not quite distorted enough for Mannerism. I’d love to see someone inspired by true Northern Renaissance, though. Van Eyck, Campin, Van Der Weyden, Metsys, Petrus Christus—the whole bunch.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, Van Eyck. You could do a pretty cool Arnolfini Portrait with supermodels, assuming they were okay with the whole pregnancy thing.

          • PeaceBang

            I myself am waiting for someone’s Hieronymous Bosch collection.

          • MoHub

            Naked people in Hell?

    • ballerinawithagun

      That is exactly what I thought. Then Dutch still life florals and Delft china. Lots of art history references. Stunning! The shoes don’t bother me as much as they seem to bother others.

      • tb

        I’m new to the table, but the first thing I thought was …”HEY! There’s my display window!!!” In fact, I once used the Marlena Dietrich mannequin ( grey Valentino dress) in that same pose-pain in the butt getting clothes to hang right with that stance…

  • Paigealicious

    Love the Dutch still life/Caravaggesque influence!!

    • lamamu

      I spotted a Botticelli in there too!

  • Fanny_Trollope

    That red gown with the front pleat is calling for Tilda Swinton.

    • makeityourself

      Remember how GOOP wore a version of that dress in fuchsia to the Met ball earlier this year? Not so hot. This red and cream color-blocked concept is much more interesting.

  • Chipster

    Very dramatic! I really like the first blue dress and the blue and white one with the coat!

  • Lori

    I’m having trouble seeing the clothes because I’m so skeeved by the human mannequins. I really wish we were past doing this to women.

    • Paigealicious

      It fits with them being part of the “still life” idea, though.

      • MoHub

        I think Lori was referring to the boniness of the models. Especially the first gal in the blue gown, who looks positively malnourished.

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  • sugarkane105

    Not looking at fashion – too distracted by weird hands.

  • RussellH88

    Chloe Moretz will steal that second dress.

    • alyce1213

      Exactly my thought.

    • charlotte

      She won’t have to, they will give it to her for free.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like that so many of us think of paintings, in part it is the dark background (ETA: and the still life)?

    I thought of a more modern artist, Julie Speed. (Google images and Julie Speed for a variety. I thought specifically of “Kathy and JR Walk the Walk, then Talk.”) Not sure why, since her women are none of them model young and pretty. Though some have solid red dresses similar in color to the one in the thumbnail.

    ETA: I think this is a very compelling campaign but don’t have a very good feel for what most of the clothing will look like out-of-the-studio from it.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, the dark background, and the starkness.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Thanks for the Julie Speed, fabulous work. However, I see more Breughel (sp) and Bosch in her work.

      • Paigealicious

        YES. The people in her paintings are total Brueghel.

  • MoHub

    Dutch masters.

  • Aurumgirl

    So, let me get this straight: are those shoes actually boots or bottines that are painted to look like a foot in a t strapped pump? Aside from this, I love the blue gown (the neckline is great) and the blue and white delft-looking short skirt/long coat ensemble.

  • mjude

    sometimes i do not get any images of the post, this being one? 🙁

    • charlotte

      You have to deactivate your ad blocker.

  • Deac82

    Maud Welzen (strawberry blonde with the rosy cheeks) is Dutch herself and she really did nail the inspiration of the Dutch Masters, especially the image of her peering over her shoulder in the black dress. As Tyra would say, “She found her light.”

    • alyce1213

      Exquisite photo.

  • Diego!

    Valentino is truly an artist!!! These pics look like Renaissance paintings! AMAZING!

  • SewingSiren

    Beautiful Mannerist portraits. I wish I was in one.

  • Sarah

    Vermeer realness. I would cut a bitch for that blue gown.

  • Danielle


  • sleepycat

    Love this, the designers got the artstyle perfectly

  • A Shiny O’Connor

    On the whole a beautiful and thoughtful campaign.

    And those black-and-white sunglasses are killing me softly.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    Agree with everyone about the weird shoes that look like the feet are already in them. I wonder if they would be better or worse on a woman whose skin color is not so close to the color of the fake foot. These ads are beautiful and the models appear frozen in time and have a mannequin quality that is intriguing. Love the first blue dress.

  • mini_d

    Look, it’s Wednesday Addams! I kid, because I like.

  • KayEmWhy

    I love the concept.

  • Kent Roby

    I love all of this, but I can only imagine the real-life nightmare of trying to keep the top and sleeves in place with the first dress.

    • makeityourself

      Yes, but isn’t it gorgeous? If it were cut exactly to one’s proportions, it would be relatively easy to wear. Kinda like a strapless dress, only with sleeves. (Oxymoron, I know.). I tore this ad out of my W mag yesterday and have been studying the construction. It’s really spectacular, especially in this color and fabric.

  • bertkeeter

    Vermeer would approve!

  • Kent Roby

    Dutch treat!

  • Therese Bohn

    Beautifully photographed! Lots of lovely looks here, I like the icing effect of the white raised beading. The one girl (photos 7 & 8) has the whole Wednesday Addams thing going on!

  • conniemd

    Best of the fall ad campaigns by a mile. Everyone else went for super spy and this classy, arty campaign actually features the clothes instead of the accessories. Not easy to wear, but when worn by the right woman, BAM.

  • jspark


  • Florence Whytingale

    Oh LORD, yes. Thank you, my day is complete (and it’s only 8am).

  • Jackie4g

    I really like that shade of blue. This looks remniscent of Mary Quant stuff, some of which was designed by Jean Muir. That’s not a bad thing, just unexpected.

  • nickie

    minds me of jan van eyck’s arnolfini wedding portrait.

  • Nicole Little

    Last pic is… a boy?

  • Anniebet

    Love the over the shoulder pictures of the blonde in the simple black dress. Just beautiful. Most of these are stunning. The last pic looks like Tom Cruise.

    • LaSylphide

      Agree on all counts. (Tom should look that good…)

  • decormaven

    I’m getting a Young Edwardian vibe from these. Kiernan Shipka needs one of these, STAT.

  • Louise Bryan

    Still Life with Fashion ?

  • Esz

    Totally Caravaggio. LOVE.

    Only issue is that the models barely look 13.

  • Michelle Wilson

    It’s so refreshing to see an ad campaign inspired by fine art instead of hipsters/drug addicts/young hollywood/pop culture, etc. etc. These photographs really elevate the gowns and make them look like exquisite body art. Well, some of them. I’m not sure about that last blue dress.

  • That red and green dress is so bizarre, and yet I want it.

  • tb

    Window display, window display, window display. Beautiful.

  • kathrineb