Valentino Fall 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on July 10, 2014

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  • Gatto Nero

    Sumptuous. Graphic prints, strong shapes, and still hyper-Romantic. Love the Renaissance influences and rich textiles. Unapologetically beautiful.

    • Sarah

      Yasssss. LOVING it.

      • jspark

        Right!!! This is the first fall collection that I don’t have to squint at or contort my brain to see it working on the red carpet.

    • Qitkat

      I so agree, my one exception being the dress with the awkward & unflattering rectangular sheer-to-the-navel cutout.

    • Carly Clement

      Agreed! This is another example as to why they are one of my favourite fashion house!!!

  • RussellH88

    The ribbon around the middle confuses me. Sometimes it works and adds a color contrast with the dress, but a lot of the time they seem to match and it doesn’t add anything at all.

    • sienna elm

      Bondage SCA-wear

    • Lilah

      That’s my favorite part. I like the emphasis on the waist that it provides.

    • Aldona Dye

      I think in a lot of cases the ribbon was just a styling choice and not part of the actual garment. I’m sure some of the dresses have one, but probably not the coats.

  • Dan Marvin

    More flip-flops

    • Anna

      Fall/Winter are when the celebs LOVE to wear strappy sandals.

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

        Maybe they’re anticipating that everyone will start getting the shoes right now, per as uzh with stylists.

        • Anna

          Perhaps. But judging by the amount of naked and otherwise summery-looking shoes celebrities sported during the Polar Vortex, it wouldn’t surprise me to see someone wearing it in the middle of February.

  • Cupofoliveoil

    I mostly like this, but sometimes they look like Star Trek costumes on a strange new planet.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      That’s not a bad thing! haha.

    • FuhUgh

      I was thinking garb for the fashion forward Abbess and her convent girls. (We’d have to line everything, of course.)

  • PeggyOC

    Diane Krueger, your wardrobe has arrived.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I see the sheer trend is still alive and well.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Much to this BK’s dismay;at least in this collection there are a lot of other looks, and I do like the sumptuousness of the fabrics and designs.

      • demidaemon

        You pretty much stated my thoughts. Anything with sheer in it I immediately recoiled from, but i could appreciate the rest. Look #3 (it’s early in the collection at least) is a particular travesty.

    • jhedman

      I keep thinking, “Die, sheer, die!” but it’s not working.

  • Jennifer Bober

    The naked dresses make me think of RIhanna immediately. I WANT that tapestry coat. Oh, my God it is gorgeous!!!!

    • Mothra

      And I was thinking, how will the lady stars mess these up by putting a too short/wrong color/too long slip under some of these things?

    • Thomas

      Rihanna was the first one I thought of too. And you know she would wear it without a lining.

  • frannyprof

    Gorgeous

  • Mothra

    What do you suppose that ribbon is made of? Sometimes it looks like leather, sometimes like a satin.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I was wondering, too. I’m voting leather.

    • Lower L

      Tyvek?

    • Gatto Nero

      Leather, I think — in one case at least with a metallic finish that looks like satin.

      • boweryboy

        I’ve read they’re leather.

  • Frida

    This makes me long for the return of Autumn. Although England is not exactly, um, summery at the moment…

  • Anna

    A lot of Kiera Knightly/Maggie Gyllenhall/Florence Welch-type dresses. Dress #14 with ALL THE EMBELLISHMENTS will probably end up on Emma Stone.

    Some beautiful fabrics and nice ideas, overall, but I think they could benefit from different styling (ie. without ribbons and sandals).

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

    Ye gods, I love Valentino.

  • Ginmaru

    I love this collection with the colors and textiles! I am puzzled by the ribbons but they can be left at home. I totally don’t understand the “I am not wearing any panties” dresses. And I see flat soled shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My score is: <3, ?????, WTF and :-)!

  • Kent Roby

    I really want to love this collection, but I don’t. This collection continues the season’s trends (sheers, tapestry, romanticism, patchwork, flora graphics, embroidery), but doesn’t feel fresh to me after the interesting exploration of ombre that we’ve been seeing elsewhere.

    • TinyDynamo

      I couldn’t agree more. I kept trying to love things, but I just don’t like the finished products.

    • demidaemon

      For me, it’s the mood (and the sheer, but i think that’s a given) of the collection that prevents me from it going into the love column (it’s firmly in the like, at this point). It’s just too dour and depressing, somehow.

    • conniemd

      That’s exactly how I felt, the fabrics were sumptuous, but there was just something off. I hope the belts were only styling. But it seemed like there was sheer were it didn’t need to be, sternum reveals and I just loved the material in that floor length brass/gold colored dress with the flowers, but the doily bib, waist and long sleeves made it look like grandmother of the bridge. I can only imagine what Carolina Herrera would have done with the beautiful material.

  • Alyssa

    I’m very intrigued to see who these will wind up on. A lot of pretty stuff here, but the ribbons only work for me on a few of the looks.

  • MarissaLG

    I’m not loving the ribbed turtlenecks, but really beautiful collection otherwise.

  • ModernDowager

    Breathtaking

  • @Biting Panda

    @Gatto Nero took my answer!

    Truly though, I love it.

  • Crystal

    Hope Florence was excited to see her fall wardrobe. They should just have the models walk off the runway and into her closet.

    Although I do agree that Rihanna would look great in some of the naked dresses.

    • wisenhar

      I actually thought this collection looked much less Welchy than the last few Valentino collections have. It wasn’t until about dress 16 that I really thought of Florence. I’d love to see her in dress 1, but I think she’s much more likely to choose 16, 17, or 19 (all of which she’d look lovely in).

    • homofascist

      Although god forbid they actually put a woman of color on the runway…

  • Lower L

    I see somebody had their copy of “The Grammar of Ornament” opened to the Greek section. Some of these are really interesting. The neckline on the dark green long-sleeved gown is dreadful, though. And in the small photos, #32 is completely obnoxious for a fall collection…unless she’s going to be someplace near the Equator.

    • Sophie

      4th from the bottom in the big pictures makes me think of a gladiator. The ribbons read Japanese to me, the tapestries Europe during the Middle-Ages… add to that the Greek elements and I’m really confused about the collection.

    • decormaven

      Yes, the Greek ornament motif is strong here.

  • Sophie

    Though the sleeveless turtlenecks are completely impractical, I always love the silhouette they give. And why must see-through dresses always be completely unlined?

  • Thomas

    I liked their last collection better. This one has too much sheer, slits and cutouts.

  • FibonacciSequins

    My favorite collection of the season so far. Much to love here.

  • SassyKansas

    Do you think this is an homage to Art Deco/ Charles Rennie Mackintosh -ish design?

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

    Downton Abbey meets Game of Thrones in the most delightful way. Count me in.

  • NMMagpie

    That last gown is fabulous. The green gown with high slits: is that the same one Kendall Jenner attempted to wear sans lining?

    • Shelby

      I had the same two thoughts! I really love the last gown. And then I started to think how I wanted to see every dress on Zoe Saldana or Rihanna. But then I remembered Kendell Jenner. And shuddered.

      • NMMagpie

        Definitely something I wish I could unsee.

        • Shelby

          Amen.

  • MilaXX

    It’s pretty and I really like the print, but I’m sooo over the sheer and found myself wishing every one of those looks was lined. That last look with the white gauzy top makes the boob area look weird.

  • bunnydiet

    Some are for Queen Gwenevere. Some worked.

  • holla

    love it

  • susan6

    OK, some of these are gorgeous. But there are a couple where the person placing the print motif was clearly having a laugh. I mean, a v-shaped flower, directly over the crotch? Come on. (See for example the second one down)

  • CT14

    I’m thinking Dakota Fanning should wear these! Keep her new mod look from the cover shoot and rock these looks.

  • another_laura

    I adore most of this so can forgive some elements that don’t appeal. The fabrics are swoon-worthy!!

  • boweryboy

    Yawn.

    Valentino has become so one note lately. It’s the same silhouette over and over again rendered in different fabrications and prints to express their “theme”. This year’s theme is pre-raphaelite.

    It’s all very pretty but boring just the same. In the thumbnails, fourth row down, the first three dresses (chartrusue, b&w, and blue) are my faves because they’re so minimal and totally different from their usual aesthetic.

    Their Fall 2010 couture collection is still my favorite. I love the youthful playfulness of it.

  • Julie Chase

    Goooorgeous.

  • Diane_G

    I really wish I saw some more diversity in these collections.

  • LilyVanessi

    Some of these pieces remind me of a John Grisham novel. It’s like they got to a point and decided to hurry up, slap a ribbon(?) on it and call it a day. Some of these pieces scream for a small bit of embellishment.

  • http://www.dogsdotcom.blogspot.com/ Plink

    Love the homage to the 20s.

  • somebody blonde

    I always love Valentino. This time is not an exception.

  • Justine

    There’s something about this that reminds me of Dolce & Gabbana’s recent prints/styles, but infinitely more put together

  • marlie

    So much elegance and so much pretty! I love it all. And I’m not a prude, but I appreciate not seeing nipple on the runway.

  • MightyMarshal

    Valentino is ALWAYS my favorite collection of each season but this one underwhelmed me. I’m sad.

    • mjude

      try again…

      • MightyMarshal

        On second inspection, I do like it more than I originally did. I guess it’s just not as decadent as I’ve come to expect. The stark prints threw me off. It’s also interesting that the Fall collection doesn’t include as much of the buttoned up/long sleeve look that’s iconic Valentino. I feel like there’s a lot more arm exposed than in any given Valentino Spring/Summer collection.

  • ChiKat67

    what’s with the Fallopian tulips and the prints framing various model’s nether regions?

  • Moocows

    LOVE most of the dresses, prints, and leather belts. I want the long black flowing dress for a wedding!

  • Wattage

    I’m a little tired of the tapestry / heavy embroidery / renaissance maiden trope. I think the bold Minoan graphics at the beginning are spectacular, as well as the solids.

  • SuzyQuzey

    Designers really to to STOP WITH THE SHEER.

  • bayusc

    Yay! I Valentino collection that only has ONE dress that looks like it belongs on pioneer women! First look has Gwyneth Paltrow written all over it.

  • Innuendo

    I’ve had enough sheer for the rest of the year. Every time a designer makes one of those outfits, some celebrity somewhere will wear it and look terrible in it.

  • Fanny_Trollope

    Line those sheers and we’ll talk.

  • Heather

    Oh my gosh… I really want that first dress. It’s amazing.

  • demidaemon

    I really liked the white and black looks. Elegant without being boring. However, I had an incredibly negative reaction to look #3, which spiraled into a negative reaction to anything that made heavy use of sheer and/or illusion netting. It’s a little done, to be fair. On top of that, the collection feels a bit dour, which I’m not sure is result of the clothes, the models and their facial expressions, or some combination of the two..

  • imustacheyouaquestion

    Mostly I’m weirded out about how the makeup creates the illusion that the model’s faces are levitating off their heads…

  • willworktomorrow

    Some of these are lovely, but I was just so turned off by the choice of only white models. I’m done with that.

  • SugarSnap108

    LOVE. Yes, I’m sick to death of the sheer thing, but these sheers will be lovely when lined — which I hope the ladystars have the sense to do.

  • titaness25

    I was just going to say, woow, these are beautiful dresses, especially in Ramadan. Then the titty windows came out.

  • Sly

    Serene High Priestess Nymphs vibes. I love it. All of it.

  • GemFemme

    I couldn’t believe this was actually a Valentino collection when I looked at it. I mean, bare shoulders on a Valentino runway! Boobs with nipples and everything!
    I find it refreshing after seeing models covered from head to toe in embroidered drapes season after season.
    Agree with others that the black and white pieces at the beginning are stunning.

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

    It’s very strange with me and Valentino; I don’t really ‘love’ it. But at the same time I really admire that it is a look totally unto it’s own. I know I am looking at Valentino yet it’s updated and new from last year. And not in an expected way. There is something going on there that is beautiful and original but I can’t quite articulate.

  • quiltrx

    Another collection (like I said about Chanel the other day) that LOOKS as expensive as it is.
    This seems like several different collections mashed together, but it’s lovely so I won’t complain.
    I particularly like the “folk art stencil” type stuff at the top; then it moves to the “Clothes for Flo’s” (as in Welch) which Valentino does so well. I even like the more shimmery of the nightgown-looking stuff. I definitely can see this on the RC.
    (P.S. it definitely needs a new top, but the skirt of the last big picture is fascinating.)

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    Somebody’s been looking at Alphonse Mucha prints, it seems to me. And with very inspired results! I’m rather liking this collection. Initially, I thought I also liked the “laced up to the knee” sandals, because the lacing was thin and not overwhelming……then I saw what they looked like from the rear and had to change my assessment. But most of these work for me. Nice job!

  • poorellensmith

    How refreshing to see a collection that actually looks as expensive as you just know it is. Gorgeous!

  • Shawn EH

    The prints are too literal for me, but I like some of the monochrome looks.

  • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful.

  • Danielle

    YAAAAAAAAS.

  • Jennifer Schiller

    Loved the beginning, lost me a little with hippie upstate aunt in the middle, and adore the end. I got an almost grownup Alice in Wonderland feeling from the first two prints.

  • EEKstl

    There is a LOT to love here. I’m personally obsessed with the gown with the diamond print skirt and the studded beige coat, although I don’t love it paired with the maxi skirt of the same fabric.

  • YoungSally

    Beautiful — but the sheer black with the nude underlay reminds me of a line from Hedwig, “But all I got is a Barbie Doll crotch”