Earlier this week Valentino debuted their resort collection for Spring/Summer 2014. Whilst resort collections have always been a more relaxed, wearable interpretation of designs featured in their main collections, this is Valentino’s first attempt at casual. Models strutted down the runway in wide-leg denims, the first denims for the brand, lace shorts paired with plain white t-shirts and espadrilles. All echoing the relaxed feel of this season.
The show started out with what felt like Blair Waldorf’s school uniforms and a few simple shirt dresses which did not impress. This was followed by the brand’s first denims paired with an array of striped jerseys and espadrilles to give a distinct nautical feel. The brand also started to invest in day-wear pants where they previously focused on dresses and skirts. I particularly liked the preppy cable-knits that feel so wearable. My only complaint is that this all feels so autumn/winter, especially when compared to the bright acid colours from the rest of the collection. None the less it is all so very pretty, I will forgive.
No Valentino collection would feel complete without a lace a-line skater dress and this season saw it in bright orange. I also liked the Barbie-pink version with matching collarless coat (I wrote about this trend earlier) and the simple sheath in a striking colour.
After all that colour followed a few simplistic, neutral coloured ensembles that served as perfect palette cleansers. The brands simple, feminine approach to design is so perfectly encapsulated in the trouser ensembles that I can’t believe it took them this long to cotton on. I hope to see many more pretty trousers as they are much more practical for European spring/summers, where rain is inevitable.
The show came to an end with a spectacular display of frothy embroidered tulle dresses in a variety of lengths that made me wish I could be a celebrity for a day simply to be able to wear one of these. All the dresses are reminiscent of previous dresses with similar silhouettes adjusted to suit the playfulness of this collection by adding brighter embroidery and appliques. I feel that this collection will certainly draw a more youthful fanfare as it feels lighter than their previous collection, with all the classic Valentino signatures such as flats, studs and lace remaining in check. It is all so pretty I can’t find fault anything with this collection. I’m really looking forward to its red carpet debut.
Do you love this collection as much as I do or do you feel this is all a little to light and sugary?