I’m…I’m underwhelmed. And a little sad, maybe. But mostly confused. Is this what Valentino Haute Couture is supposed to look like? Are they serious? I think we’ve been tricked. Fooled. Bamboozled.

It kind of reminds me of what would happen if Balenciaga and Valentino had a baby (the term ‘Valenciaga’ has already been coined elsewhere, I can’t take credit for it), and a few of the tight minidresses are reminiscent of Herve Leger, particularly with the neon inserts that were also in the previous Leger spring collection. Which is all fine and good, except neither of those designers make couture – they do a dandy job at pret-a-porter, but this is couture week, people.

Some of the signature Valentino ruffles, flowers and bows were present, but their inclusion at time seemed cursory rather than enthusiastic. And there were, of course, a few gowns that will look beautiful against a red carpet and over which I’m sure Rachel Zoe is currently having some sort of conniption.

The rest of it was just…the Balenciaga collection that Nicolas Ghesquiere forgot, and I’d say that I mean that in a good way, but I obviously don’t. It was reductive and mostly bland, but with a few truly odd moments – a ruched jumpsuit with a camel toe problem, non sequitur neon inserts, a red leather minidress that came out of NOWHERE.

It would be one thing if this was bad couture, but it’s just bad, with no indications of the kind of intricacy, construction, or care that go into forming and finishing a garment by hand. In their second couture season as the heads of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli failed to actually make a couture collection. The ideas and realization hardly seem above that of ready-to-wear, and even then, I’ve seen several brands do these looks better as recently as last season. Chiuri and Piccioli have been quoted saying that they wanted to make couture for the younger generation with this collection – trust me, this is not what we want.


Photos via Fashionologie.com

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  • hec

    i have no words and this for me is alot it is agrand dissapointment belive me as a valentino fan and buyer i think vintage is my oinly salvation balenciagas nature is to be groudbraking if as a valentino client i wanted this id go well to balenciaga i can not make this fit in my mind it is a disgrace to the name to maestro valentino grand couturier and master of this wearable form of art with all the respect he deserves this is not what he created ! this is not what we want as valentino buyers and it is a shame to the house and the actual talent of the leading team behind it words can literally not express my feelings and i ask valentino whre are you?

  • And just to point out…the photos I included were what I thought was the BEST of what showed. Don’t even get me started on the rest of the stuff…

  • 19yearslater

    Lola the Showgirl looks out of place among the other looks, and I can’t say that I find any of this beautiful.

  • Jane

    Wow I am BORED!!! This is ready to wear not couture. I am so disappointed with this show I was so excited for Valentino’s couture line to come out this week. I am truly shocked that they thought they had a great line.

  • Anna Cooperberg Gzz.

    It does seem ready-to-wear-ish, I agree! But I do love the red minidress with the ruffled tail and loose filmy top.

  • liveeka

    talk about fashion donts the first dress is worst than the louisV’s urban sachel!!!

  • Ruslana

    this collection is amazing , this is called art . ur not supposed to wear it

  • Adrienne zedella

    showy stuff, not streetwear. fb