• MilaXX

    I like. This collection almost makes me no longer hate sheer panels on dresses. I’m still tired of seeing it everywhere, but at least it’s not tacky looking here.

    • Laura Renee

      Yeah, I didn’t even notice the sheer for once! Only when I saw your comment did I realize some of them must have been.

    • alyce1213

      There’s sheer for the sake of peek-a-boo, and then there’s sheer for the sake of exquisite fabric and style. These are the latter.

  • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

    The American Gothic hair is scaring me, although it’s unexpectedly flattering on Cara Delavingne. I dunno. The textiles are all luscious but I can’t really see how they will work in real life.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

    Why can’t everyday be an ethnic costume day? <3

  • EveEve

    Chiuri and Piccioli should be fired, immediately.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    The workmanship on some of these dresses is incredible. But does anyone else find them bordering on “costume”?

    • sunflower

      Interesting that so many people think this; I read a review earlier that said this collection was inspired by opera costumes.

    • nyll18

      Yes, though they are styled in a costume-y way which is adding to the effect. I think a modern hairstyle would do a lot to transform them. That said I would love, love, love to try one on and play pretty princess for a night! The floor-length green dress being worn by the Asian model- come to mama.

    • steeg of their own

      Who cares? 90% of what goes on with most red carpets is costuming anyway.

    • Rebecca Harvey

      bordering? These dresses are at the hotel, trying on the perfume they picked up at duty free.

    • ItsDicey

      Well, yes. But, it IS couture so it doesn’t bug. This isn’t really created with “real people” in mind.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Just WOW. Beautiful!

    • Clueless_Jock

      I love this too.

  • hughman

    Love love love. Love the ethnicity, love the subtle renaissance mood, love the craftsmanship. It’s clothes that tell a story and hold a secret. It’s stolen glances and the swish of fabric down a corridor.

    • ItsDicey

      I adore it as well.

  • KayEmWhy

    I am in love. A well done nod to art history and ethnicity.

  • Frida

    I want to have all of this in my possession, so very much.

  • formerlyAnon

    My god, what a mix. Quite a lot of beautiful dresses based on Great Grandmother’s wedding photo, the one married in traditional ethnic attire. Quite a lot of what looks like (but probably is not) plain cotton schmatta run up from discount bin clearance sheets.

  • Latin Buddy

    BEST COLLECTION THIS SEASON

    1976 Romeo and Juliet Realness

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

      Oh, good! It wasn’t just me!

  • Blair Sylvester

    serving up forever 21 native american culture appropriation realness

    • alyce1213

      I must disagree, there’s really nothing native american about this. Byzantine, yes.

      • Blair Sylvester

        well I think we can all agree that it is going for an “ethnic” feel even if we disagree on the reference points. I guess its the fringe and suede and the colors and the motifs made me think of the clothes that forever 21 got slammed for producing a few years ago.

        • random_poster

          I think it’s a mix of cultures/periods.

        • alyce1213

          In all fairness to the designers, I think it does matter if their work is criticized as cultural (mis)appropriation when in fact it’s inspired by a rather ancient civilization’s art and design, with some Renaissance in the mix.

        • steeg of their own

          Nope, we can’t agree on that, because you are WRONG. Derivatively ‘ethnic’ would imply that there wasn’t a specific cultural inspiration for this line, and there WAS. It’s not “going for an ethnic feel”, it’s actually demonstrating motifs that were common to Renaissance and pre-Renaissance Bavarian design. Which is not ‘ethnic’, it’s a pretty fucking specific couture moment that’s getting referenced. And it has nothing to do with cultural appropriation, and everything to do with the history of high fashion that led to these types of fashion shows to begin with.

          So if this show made you think of forever 21 and the designs they got slammed for appropriating, perhaps you should educate yourself about both fashion and history. Because when you wave your hands at ‘ethnic’ and cry ‘appropriation’ without realizing that yes, this line is referencing a specific culture in a way that transforms Renaissance patterns or bead motifs into modern silhouettes, it’s you that appears ignorant.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      Albanian/Ukranian folk dancer maybe… but I don’t see Native American.

    • steeg of their own

      Try Bavarian, instead of Native American. Most of the motifs seem to owe a lot to Renaissance (or pre-Renaissance) Germany or to nordic concepts.

      If you’re going to try to slam something for cultural appropriation, first try to get the culture right, then if the line turns out to be paying tribute to the (european) ancestors of a lot of modern European fashion, maybe refrain from comparing it to cheap shops that were actually appropriative.

  • jilly_d

    *drools* Just beautiful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips

    What a beautiful collection for Fall! I would kill for that pine green gown with the brocade (?) panel. In other words, this is gorgeous, but doesn’t look like Spring.

  • alyce1213

    Byzantine meets Renaissance. Some of the most beautiful fabrics I’ve seen in a while.
    Stunning collection.

    • kimmeister

      Yes, those are the two references I got, plus a bit of Camelot.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    These are some truly beautiful clothes. Wow.

  • Ashleigh

    WOW

  • oklund

    Loooooove-ly!

  • Laura Renee

    The more I scrolled down, the more the models (and their clothes) looked like perfectly painted portraits. Renaissance portraits, I guess. So, well done.

    • Jenny E

      Or Byzantine icons!

  • decormaven

    The short frocks definitely will be seen out on the RC by lady stars. The colors are really divine here; the only ones that ring a little off are the looks in the oatmeal/stone muslin.

  • crash1212

    Such intricate, beautiful work. The textiles are do die. Love this collection.

  • Imasewsure

    I scrolled through this so quickly… bored… bored… seen it… bored… ooooohhhh that black chiffony dress with the green hem…. NOT BORED… the rest… bored

    • Laura Renee

      Maybe you shouldn’t have gone so fast?

    • mhleta

      How is this possible? I’m actually sweating these are so beautiful.

  • Latin Buddy

    I want Frida Pinto to wear the Green gown with gold/red accents. Wait, is that racist?

  • Trickytrisha

    So much WOW here, very costumey with a lot of 19th century Russian Countess travel garb. A bit too much baggy in the pants section though. All in all, the fabrics are breathtaking. That last dress is beyond.

    Is it just me, or does Cara D.’s face look like an animal mask here?Just a few whiskers missing.

  • PastryGoddess

    I don’t know what the cultural reference was, but Valentino deployed it fantastically

  • Synnamin

    I normally hate Valentino, but there are some really gorgeous pieces in here. The teal-yellow chevron dress? GIMME! And it’s actually a relief to see clothes that aren’t completely skin-baring. Some come close to matronly, but they mostly look chic and comfortable

  • BrooklynBomber

    Thud. We J’ADORE.

  • E. D.

    I am not down with this at all. Didn’t see one thing I really liked, although the green dress with the long sheer sleeves came close.

  • Chase

    Italian widow toilet paper dolls. Do not want.

  • random_poster

    Most of these would have to be modified (to not look like a costume) for the real world. There is a lot of depth here in color, texture, and style. This is the first in a long time that a designer has really given something for people to ponder.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Astonishingly beautiful. It made me think of Russia, the Middle East and native Americans. I loved it.

  • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

    the first few sets are like those russian painted dolls that fit inside each other. then it almost goes amish, but then zebra prints? an interesting collection with much to love. i’d love to see that forest green gown on a redhead, perhaps christina hendricks? it would have to be fitted perfectly, as i’m not sure how her bodacious bosom will take to being so covered up.

  • Garcia Loca

    Love! So digging the Albanian princess look!

  • SylviaFowler

    The zodiac accessories are the best part of this collection.

  • Kelly

    I really love a lot of this, although I have to say, the pseudo-ethnicity does makes me cringe. I think you have to tread very lightly when you’re taking certain cultural traditions to use in something as privileged and Anglo-European-dominated as high fashion, and I think some of these pieces skate pretty close to the line. (And unlike some of the other BKs, I do see Native American echoes here, as well as many others. It’s all indirect and revisionist, of course, but still there.)

    Still, there are a lot of gorgeous designs, colors, and fabrics here, and many things are not culturally objectionable at all. They flow beautifully. Sure, they’re costume-y, but I can live with that. (Would I want to look like Emily Dickinson with a fringed purse? Probably not, but there’s plenty else here to love.)

  • Linda LaPaz

    Gorgeous!

    • Linda LaPaz

      That emerald green column in the middle really stands out among all of those beautiful brocades and textures.

  • housefulofboys

    While I have some problems with the collection, what struck me most was the colors – saturated, clear, rich, no gray or muddy tones. It’s like wearing jewels all over your body. The ruby, saphirre, aquamarine, crimson, aubergine, turquoise – all just glow against the black and neutral backgrounds. Love.

  • quiltrx

    Wow, the gown that makes her look like an architectural marvel (2 up from the emerald green gown) is my absolute favorite. Everything appears so impeccably made–even the looks I don’t care for–that I would love to see these up close.
    I really like the unusual color palette, particularly those first few looks, echoed in the final gown.

  • joything

    Are we Slavic Fantasy today? Or Byzantine Expressions? Whatever – I like them.

    • conniemd

      I was thinking Inca or Mayan. But I like them too, the coats are crazy gorgeous.

      • Qitkat

        A celebration of different ethnic heritages
        Yes, well put.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    a lot of sisterwife stuff here, and … this is for spring? it looks fall/winterish.

  • LaSylphide

    Love almost everything, especially #5 from the top, in the middle. And not a nip or panty to be seen.

  • mhleta

    This is Aztec meets Russian Orthodox meets Greece meets Byzantium. These are the designs that would have come sooner had the continental drift never happened. This is a staggeringly beautiful collection. I’d give a nut to see this in person had I one to give.

  • makeityourself

    The fabrics are luxe beyond belief, giving the clothes a very expensive look. Which is at it should be, in my opinion.

    But some of them were just too busy to get behind. How quickly the design team has created a new lexicon for Valentino. I can’t remember, was there a red dress in the collection?

  • lizajane1776

    So much beautiful! It just kept coming and coming!

  • Cate

    Oh, GOD! Yes, please!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    SO much better than their very ‘Dolce and Gabbana’ Fall 2013 collection! Italian Renaissance meets Indian Pasha with some Native American/Ralph Lauren thrown in. And surprisingly, it works! Also, no pale pinky floaty ickyness like Spring 2013. Me likey.

  • minnye

    Those prints! There are some beautiful pieces here.

  • ankali

    Gorgeous. I want to live in this collection.

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    Yes to pretty much all the patterns, no to the solids. But seriously those patterns – gimme. I want. I need.

  • demidaemon

    It’s a bit American Indian for me, with occasional touches of slutty and not-so-slutty pilgrim.

  • Miss WKS

    In my next life I am getting married in that white gown and on our honeymoon night in a feather bed that virtually consumes us both my husband will take me while I am still wearing it…

  • steeg of their own

    That is… an awful lot of Bavaria going on. I actually love this collection. I’m 100% on board with that stunning green dress with the embroidered front (to whomever wears it during awards season: keep the heavy gold jewelry, it works). The beadwork on a lot of these dresses is jaw-dropping.

    I feel like these are dresses that DESERVE a fashion show. So much of what we see on runways now involves random tulle and unwearable, ugly work that seems intended to convey a designer’s lack of care rather than the tremendous amount of care that should go into a show (Westwood, I AM LOOKING AT YOU WITH THE WORLD’S BIGGEST SIDE-EYE). This is a collection that looks like it earned a debut involving spotlights and stunning women. I would wear the fuck out of most of this, and I’m eager to see how it fares on the red carpet.

  • Ginger

    Please explain to me why it’s such a crime to use colors/patterns/etc. that are representative of a race or culture? In my humble opinion, it’s not appropriation near as much as it’s a designer stating that they admire that culture or race. I find the patterns from Aztecs and Incas to be quite beautiful, as well as the colors that they favored. If I were to design a collection, my intent would be to silently state that I think that aspect of their culture is beautiful and that collection would be put forth as a celebration of that beauty instead of me trying to take it as my own. Make sense? People are just too damn sensitive these days. Aren’t we supposed to be a global culture now? One world? One people? Or is that just until somebody wants to play the victim?

  • vickilu

    D&G called, they didn’t sound happy.

  • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

    I love most of this, and the textiles are gorgeous, but it does not look like a spring collection.

  • cocohall

    My first thought was “Oh good, when Blerta (SNL skit with Tina Fey lampooning Girls) gets a recurring role, her wardrobe is ready and waiting. I’m Hungarian, and have a soft spot for folk designs and ethnic pieces. But I did feel a bit like I had wandered into a European textiles museum. Here’s a fun game, imagine any of these pieces and any of the McQueen looks on two ladystars of your choice, side by side on a red carpet. Are your eyes crossed yet?

  • anotherkate

    Oh, I just love this! I want to see an editorial (or maybe just an ad?) with multiple models done up as legit Byzantine icons. Obvious, yes, costumey, yes, but I would argue that that photograph would be made of “YES!”

  • Suzanne Moore

    There are several of these looks that I could wear straight to my belly dancing class. All I’d need to do is add my coin belt & I’d be good to go. Love most of them, but I’m still not sold on the sheer skirts. At least these seem tasteful.

  • jen

    Wow. Love it all!

  • http://armchairauthor.wordpress.com/ LesYeuxHiboux

    Lovely and unexpected. I am always thankful that Valentino embraces rich colors, and I can’t wait to see these garments worn out and about. An exciting year for red-carpet fashion lies ahead with such adventurous but wearable choices.

  • karen s. bassett

    This is for Spring?

  • rage_on_the_page

    So the tribal/peasant thing is definitely going to be in this spring. FEELIN’ IT.

  • ItsDicey

    Would love to have seen this in person. The workmanship on some of these pieces…I die.

    Anne Boleyn realness. Though, I’m admittedly way off on that style wise.

  • Shade

    Really loving a lot of these dresses but what is with the Queen Armidala’s Amish lovechild hair?

  • jeanmarie

    love love it all.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I know this collection has it’s problems, but I literally gasped when I saw it. That’s because it Actually Looks Like Someone Thought of Something New.

  • bringbackbeatles

    Love! Definitely my favorite collection so far! All of the smsll details in the clothes are amazing. There is a lot going on, but it doesn’t feel overhelming, it’s right on. Just absolutely stunning wearable art.