Valentino Fall 2014 Collection

Posted on March 06, 2014

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    • Justine

      Groovy baby!

    • lrober03

      Another coincidence in inspiration for FW 2014: the Givenchy collection also featured butterfly motifs

      • Alyssa_T_Robot

        as did gaultier’s spring 2014 couture collection and i think i’ve seen it in other ones as well.

    • rissa42210

      A little bit of everything here, isn’t there?

    • butterflysunita

      I love the blue cape with the birds. Such a lovely shade of blue too.

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

        That’s the only piece I’d actually like for myself. The rest falls into my “Don’t say Florence Welch” category.

        • marlie

          I want the grey cape too.

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

          Saoirse Ronan. >:)

      • snarkmeister

        I gasped when I saw it. To quote one of the other BK’s, I would cut several bitches for that.

    • DTLAFamilies

      The capes and coats = *swoon*

      • Lucía Gavello

        YAY TO CAPES! Love the prints too, both the butterfly-flower ones and the pop-art colourblocking (but not on the plasticky leather, those look like my grandma’s vinyl tablecloths)

    • ryenerman

      I want at least 85% of these items notwithstanding the fact that I am (1) too poor, (2) too old, and (3) leading much too regular a life to have anywhere to wear them. Reason be damned!

      • marlie

        The only one that should hold you back is the $$. If you hit the lottery, go for it!

      • BackseatDriver

        No such thing as too old, if styled properly. These look like handmaidens of the 70s and op-art cartoons. If you lived that era, I feel you are entitled to its imagery. Especially the flowy chiffon long-sleeved gowns in graphic patterns.

    • AC Simons

      Some major coat porn, but the gowns aren’t very flattering (though there is some major fluttering with those butterflies). The heart and rose over the breast are too literal, and not whimsical which is what I think they were trying for.

      • demidaemon

        Yes. The majority of them have a really strange silhouette going on. It feels very 18th century.

      • SierraDelta

        I’m honestly not trying to be snarky, but — that dress with the large red heart over the left breast is draped in such a way that it looks like a dress my aunt who had a mastectomy would have worn post op, pre reconstruction. I don’t know if anyone else would react to it the way I did, but for me that dress is a jaw-dropping, head-scratching NO!

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

      Birds, capes, and color squares? Valentino broke into my diary!

    • deelup

      I can’t wait to see Anne Hathaway looking smug in many of these pieces.

    • siedhr

      This is such a fun collection. Finally somebody who’s not afraid of color. That being said: die sheers and those Quaker-type silhouettes dresses need to stop. I find them infantilizing and unflattering on almost anyone.

    • Glam Dixie

      There were some serious cases of the designer knowing when to stop adding things but there are some lovely things mixed in there. Some of the first pieces look like very fancy Niagara falls rain ponchos.

    • @Biting Panda

      70s Mod?

      • Danielle

        Same thought. Although, were would one wear the lace sheer dresses? The grocery store, perhaps?

      • editrixie

        I was thinking the same — all those avocado greens, tomato reds with that orange undertone, that coffee bean brown rather than chocolate…I felt like I was looking at one of those awful game tables and chairs in naugahyde/leatherette that my neighbors had, especially with the harlequin pattern.

    • Anna

      Some interesting pieces, but bizarre combination of influences: ’60s Paco Rabanne/pop art, The Von Trapp Family Singers and Florence Welch at the end. With a garbage bag that got stuck in a paper shredder and a cinched-waist garbage bag poncho for good measure.

      • Evan

        Yeah, this isn’t striking me as very cohesive.

    • Imasewsure

      I like dots… gimme the dots (ok and I’ll take all of the boots too please)

    • BayTampaBay

      I hate to be the party pooper but I do not like any of it. Reminds me to much of D&G and Prada.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      Is it wrong that I want the butterfly cape?

      • Aidan B

        If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

        • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

          Let’s be wrong together. And then we can get into a catfight over that cape.

          • Aidan B

            You’re on! You’ll probably win, unless I can get Lea Michelle’s scary nails fused to the ends of my fingers.

            • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

              Oh, who am I kidding? I could never lay a hand on a fellow Bitter Kitten.

            • Aidan B

              Nor I. And anyway, we have such good taste, we’re clearly meant to be friends.

    • MilaXX

      LOVE the polka dots. In fact I like the collection as a whole except the lace sheets. I’m interested to see if anyone can wear the sheer floral dresses. I think they could even work with a lining.

      • KinoEye

        I was thinking the same thing. Maybe Zooey Deschanel? I think Kiernan Shipka would look absolutely adorable in the sheer with dark blue and birds — OF COURSE with lining and significant alterations.

        • MilaXX

          I’m still mostly getting Florence Welsh from a lot of this. Maybe Kiera Knightly.

    • Aidan B

      There are some great pieces here but almost no continuity; this looks like it came from 3+ different designers.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      1970′s color palette. I hated the beginning and loved the capes at the end.

    • Pennymac

      Which Dr Seuss book had the dots that wouldn’t wash out?
      At any rate, this seems super random, and also appears to be the source of that Diane Kruger after-party monstrosity. So I hate it all on principle.

    • Loramir

      Fun, apart from those sheer monstrosities and some of the more overwrought prints. I could actually see pieces from this collection being worn in real life. Such as that gorgeous blue cape thing with the birds. I could definitely use that in real life…

    • Sarah

      I will never be on board with those lace poncho dresses. I do however love some of the other stuff. The green dress with the roses may be impossible to wear anywhere, but it made me gasp with its fairy tale self.

    • crash1212

      Wow. Not responding well to any of this. 4th one down looks like a shower curtain. All the short dresses look too short waisted and too short in general. Hate the color pallet. I do love those red boots though.

    • zuzu

      CAAAAAAAAPES.

    • SewingSiren

      Love. Love. And love. Especially the tulle and sheers with embroidery . Lots and lots of butterflies , birds, vines, roses, and most the one with the giant heart and all the exploding stars on the skirt! Just about died.

    • SewingSiren

      And one more thing, Where exactly do you buy black chiffon that is printed all over with flamingos , elephants, octopus , and owls. Can anyone here tell me they don’t need that in their life? I know i do.

      • OffToSeeHim

        SewingSiren, haven’t seen you in forever! How are you doing? How are you feeling these days? And yes, I need a cape embroidered with butterflies in my life – who doesn’t??

    • LaSylphide

      Mostly very 70s retro, but in a good way. I can actually picture myself wearing a lot of these in (after I rob a bank, of course). I love seeing high fashion for the real world. Especially love the coats/coats with capelets/capes.

    • Katie Wolf

      Since you made the Rashida Jones – Florence Welch connection for us, I would really like to see Jones in the last dress (lined, obvi.) or the deep-vee butterfly; she would look gorgeous!

    • CLoverleaf

      “There’s an applique barely obscuring my nipple” — already a red carpet theme, do we have to add to it? That said, there are some pretties here.

    • KinoEye

      A butterfly cape. Ship that one off to Lupita, pronto. Half of me thinks this collection doesn’t quite know what it wants to be when it grows up, and the other half of me loves it. Really cool, geometrical prints.

    • Laura Renee

      I really love the short royal blue bird cape. It gets better, in my opinion, once you get away from the lurid dots.

    • frannyprof

      Am I crazy for loving this collection?! So many pieces remind me of the bedspreads/curtains/upholstery I grew up with in the 70s, and that’s actually a compliment!

      • wisdomy

        I love a lot of it, but quite a bit of it did make me think “What a pretty shower curtain.”

    • JauntyJohn

      All together now, on three. Ready? 1. 2. … “Florence Welch.”
      (But there is more here than just her wheelhouse… on the whole, some really interesting beautiful pieces).

    • SusiePamudji

      They need to stop making garments that look like vegetation is growing on you. Overall an interesting collection and I love the capes.

      • Kent Roby

        I keep thinking “A bird in a bush” (both meanings)

    • Kent Roby

      If there is a God, we will see Fan Bing Bing in the long grey hooded cape with the butterfly embroidery.

    • demidaemon

      This looks like three collections smooshed into one. I mean, there are some great pieces here, but it is a lot to take in. I like the last third the best. The first third made me feel a little cross-eyed.

    • Gatto Nero

      Not very cohesive at all, though some of the long dresses are kind of amazing, and that big cape with the circle motif is disturbingly fascinating.

    • Nice_Shirt

      I call dibs on ALL. THE. POLKA-DOT. THINGS.

    • marlie

      The blue cape with the birds,and the grey cape with the butterflies are really, really beautiful. I LOVE those. Otherwise, some interesting pieces that I can see on a number of ladystars (Lupita for some of the more mod pieces; Cate or Florence Welch for the flowy, hippie ones.

      But I swear to god, if I see a ladystar on the red carpet in a sheer poncho with an elastic belt, I might just punch somebody. I’m talking to you, Diane Kruger.

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

      Started fun and modern, then went medieval-via-60s in the best way. I covet the leather windowpane pieces, particularly the skirt. I am just the Amazon woman to rock such a garment. This collection is going to bring a lot of interest to red carpets this year, and it’s that much more exciting coming from Valentino.

    • Trickytrisha

      Lots of mixed feelings about this collection for me. Don’t like the clown clothes, Really like some of the sheers, but am so sick of see through. And dang, some of the stuff in the smaller pics are dowdy with a capital D.

      • Gatto Nero

        The harlequin stuff — WTF?
        I’m with you on the sheers sentiment(s).

    • conniemd

      I like except for the awful sheers showing bare legs. Nice colors

    • oklund

      A lot of things very on-trend. Looove the embroidered coats and red braided boots!

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Wow! Fun! And much of it very , very beautiful.

    • Sarah Thomas

      That blue bird coat outfit looks like it wandered in from a completely different collection. It is, not coincidentally, practically the only thing here I like.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Wasn’t expecting to but wow, I love this. The collection doesn’t seem to go very well together though, so many different ideas sort of all thrown together. Can’t help but like it though! Love the long fuzzy knit cardigan.

    • VicD

      Some SERIOUS coat porn in this collection. Also loving some of the ’70′s throwback leather patchwork, the birds and butterflies, filmy dresses, dotty prints. There’s a lot to love here. And, not that I don’t love it on its own merits, but what is that one random classic camel/mocha cape and skirt combo doing in there? Oh, and … red boots and patchwork shoes … GET IN MY CLOSET NOW.

      • VicD

        Give me the patchwork boots and no one gets hurt.

    • kt

      I love that they all got the Enchanted Forest memo but confused as to why V decided to do several pieces inspired by ” the candy windows at the witch’s house in hansel and gretle.”

    • Carly Clement

      OMG!!!! I love this almost as much as life itself!!! SO beautiful!

    • SugarSnap108

      I…kind of love this. Especially the capes and coats and prints. Even some of the sheer gowns, with lining, would be gorge.

    • DominoEstella

      For the past several years, Valentino has been my favorite. If I were a rich socialite, these are the clothes I would buy.

    • sleepycat

      love this collection, although it is a bit unwearable (but did that ever stop McQueen?)

    • Pat Garrett

      I can’t understand the unattractive bandage undies…..a friend told me a looooooong time ago: If it’s gonna show, make it something worth looking at. amen

    • Truthiness2U

      DIE SHEER DIE!!! There is ZERO excuse for it at this point. I get stabby when I see them, and even the pretty ones that I KNOW could look cute if backed…weren’t back, and therefore make me stabby.

      That being said, loved the capes. Sure, for actual superheroes I agree Edna Mode…avoid the capes. For the rest of us mere mortals? Dig them. And loved everyone here.

      I didn’t enjoy some of the blocky prints, or the stiffness of all that leather, and certainly not when combined. Some of the prints were overdone, and a mess in terms of function and colour. But I liked a lot of the silhouettes and looks here. Oh and did I mention the capes? Because yeah.

    • anotherkate

      I haven’t responded this well to a Valentino collection in some time. It still has that 16th century-religious-icon vibe to it, but there’s some whimsy here too to soften it. I really loved the outerwear, the diaphanous silken birds and vines, and the diamond pattern made me smile. I could live without the little dresses with collars in the beginning, but then I’ve always hated little collars–I thought they were too twee when I was six (and couldn’t quite articulate it). I want to wear that blue silk bird gown, though.

    • DKBB

      Oh how I covet that first coat!

    • rebeemoon

      I love the diaphanous gowns and mod coats (though they’re weird in the same collection). But the color pattern in a lot of this–brown, slate, dirty blue, olive green, and tomato–is just eww.

    • Qitkat

      I kind of love the long floaty sheer gowns, especially the two browns, one with the Under The Sea with Ariel vibes, oops those are hummingbirds aren’t they? (4th from bottom), and the other with the Overgrown Grey Gardens Perennials Grown Wild look (7th from bottom); but sweet Oprah, Ringling Brothers is really pissed and wants their clowns back.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I would wear the blue cape with the birds on it. Otherwise, I need to think about some of the other looks.

    • elemspbee

      gorgeous. i see elle fanning, florence welch, kStew

    • somebody blonde

      FAB. Some of these are clunkers, but most are just bold and beautiful.

    • Lower L

      How novel–a collection that features sheers and granny panties. I would like to see Florence Welch in the olive green number with the butterflies, though.

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

      I love this collection so damn much.

    • quiltrx

      I *wanted* to like a lot of this but just can’t. I do enjoy the graduated dots and of course the capes, though!
      (but is this incredibly un-cohesive to anyone else?)

    • MaggieMae

      Wowie!

    • uprightcitizen

      Definitely in the top five collections I’ve seen since I started following TLo. There’s a 70s vibe in the best possible sense, amazing colors, flattering pieces, and so much cool and pretty. Awesome.

    • OffToSeeHim

      Could my life EVER be so fabulous that I could sport that butterfly cape???? And, crazy question, did anybody else think of Jay MacCarroll’s PR collection when that red sweater and polka-dot skirt scrolled past?

    • http://trooperschaf.blogspot.de/ TrooperSchaf

      I see a Dalek, a classic Sherlock Holmes and a Hobbit Cloak. Can’t unsee :) Over all I like it!

      • OffToSeeHim

        LOVE this comment, and now I want to be a Hobbit with a butterfly cloak, solving crime in London. It’s maybe a little bit unfortunate that you’d have to be 17 feet tall and weigh 9 pounds to do that cloak justice, but I’m willing to try it if Valentino is!

    • OffToSeeHim

      Oh. My. GOD THE SHOES HAVE POLKA DOTS ON THEM!!!!!!

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      So Valentino has gone from copying, er, “reinterpreting” Dolce and Gabbana/Versace to Prada? That’s interesting. Somewhat. It seems to be a very disjointed collection. I actually like some of the mod polka dot pieces but those pieced leather pieces and bird pieces are awful. Not very “Valentino” at all. The new design team seems to be floundering.

    • RHF

      Some of the color stories are gorgeous, but when the best thing you can say about a collection is “bird poncho,” it might be safe to say this one missed the mark.

    • kategs

      There are many here I adore but all I can think of, is LINE them! I know that can and will be done but still…

    • Mona_Visa

      Fun. The butterfly cape and the little navy blue dress (pic #30) are my particular favorites, and Tilda Swinton *needs* to wear everything in pic #28.

    • rage_on_the_page

      CAPES.

      Well, Valentino just drop-kicked Dior out of my spot for favorite fashion house.

    • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

      Second from the top was Car Wash Inspired.

    • EEKstl

      This is a breathtaking collection. J’adore.

    • guest2visits

      There are some interesting and very pretty items here. Also some leftover color combos from the 70s, and the cape I imagine the Great Pumpkin would wear, some Halloween night. I’m drawn to some of the embroidered gowns; love the 4th to last mossy toned. And the more 60s looking leather circle patterned coats.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Very Florence Welch. I love individual pieces but not the whole.