There can be many tell tale signs that you’re in front of a true piece of art. When it is about a Valentino haute couture collection, when each dress looks collaged-out from a painting, but you can’t pin down the author or period, when the design is completely new and yet seems dropped from a sort of fashion alchemy manual and when you start learning new words.
Minaudières are the mother-of-pearl, coral or golden marine motifs decorated clutches that Valentino alchemists Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have imagined up as works of art capable of accessorizing the works of art in their haute couture collection.
And when art meets art, each element of the heavenly collection – shapes, cuts, colours and prints, fabrics and embroideries – is to become the inspiration of the season and the fascination of collections and generations to come. Because Valentino turns vintage as soon as the runway show’s over!
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