The narration is introspective:  here, reality is a product of the imagination.  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have envisioned a nocturnal, reflective mood for the Autumn/Winter 2012/13 Haute Couture collection of Valentino. Luxury has been transformed into a splendid story…..

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“Blue defines the mental landscape:  profound and dense – a synonym of possibility and creative thought – it is the polar opposite of vibrant red and far from impenetrable black.  The concept of beauty as a maximum expression of humanity pervades the clothes.  Convinced that the evolution of the Maison must come from within, Maria Grazia Churi and Pierpaolo Piccioli have created a collection that uses the most classic materials, techniques and iconography yet is farthest from typical canons of style.  The spirit of time enters the atelier and is condensed into an effortless, essential line.  Lightness and density, dazzling splendor  and subtle embellishment create a contrast in which opposites blend.

Imagination molds the material.  Shapes seem to magically form around the body, almost as if the material is naturally following;  like an imaginary design which has never been touched before by scissors.  Silhouettes are the quintessence of simplicity.  We are immediately drawn in by this subtle and never ostentatious virtuosity that lets us dream of new paths, different perspectives, and unique stories. The pieces in this collection are a part of a composite, a multiform concept:  impalpable dresses and dramatic ball gowns, detailed capes and sleek dresses.  Slim-fit trousers and adamantine blouses.  The line creates movement, and longer silhouettes elongate the figure.  The chiffon intarsia dress is a liquid cascade that solidifies for an instant around the waist and then continues to flow down.  The tuxedo dissolves into an endless cape worn with a skirt.  The stylistic approach includes contrasts.  Short dresses in brocade – the epitome of grace – make a bold statement with their architectural silhouettes.  Meanwhile, embroidery creates textured colour and explores ancient symbols.  As if the result of some magical alchemic process, heavier materials such as brocade, velvet, chiffon, and double cashmere become as light and ephemeral as pure thought.  Intense, mysterious midnight blue is combined with black and interrupted with brocade nuances of pink, yellow and red.

The collection celebrates traditional craftsmanship as a form of knowledge and a search for new heights that is never an escape because only the mind, guiding the hand, creates reality”.

1.  Robe Plissee “La Frontiere de l’Aube” de mousseline et crepe de Chine nuit.

Pleated dress “La Frontiere de l’Aube” in silk chiffon and “nuit” Chine crepe.

Abito plisse “La Frontiere de l’Aube” in mousseline  crepe de Chine notte. Heures d’Atelier:  500

2.   Robe et cape “Clair de Lune” de mousseline et crepe bleu-noir et nuit.

Dress and cape “Clair de Lune” in silk chiffon and blue-black and “nuit” crepe.

Abito e cappa “Clair de Lune” in mousseline e crepe blue-nero e notte.

3.    Robe et cape “Juste avant lanuit” de crepe et cachemire marine.

Dress and cape “Juste avant la Nuit” in crepe and navy blue cashmere.

Abito e cappa “Juste avant la Nuit” in crepe e cachemire marine.

Heures d’Atelier:  650

4.    Robe “Prelude a la Nuit” de crepe bleu opium.

Dress “Prelude a la Nuit” in blue opium color crepe.

Abito “Prelude a la Nuit” in crepe blu opium.

5.  Jumpsuit “Songe de Nuit” de crepe de laine marine.

Jumpsuit “Songe de Nuit” in navy blue wool crepe.

Jumpsuit “Songe de Nuit” in crepe di lana marine.

6.    Robe “Le Bleu des Origines” de crepe marine.

Dress “Le Bleu des Origines” in navy blue crepe.

Abito “Le Bleu des Origines” in crepe marine

7.  Robe “Soir et Songe” d’argent et jais.

Dress “Soir et Songe” in silver and jet.

Abito “Soir et Songe” in argento e jais.

8.    Blouse et pantalon “Constellation” brodes de cristaux saphir et jais.

Blouse and trousers “Constellation” with crystal sapphire and jet embroideries.

Blusa e pantalone “Constellation” ricamati con cristalli zaffiro e jais.

Heures de broderie:  1200

9.    Jumpsuit “Galatee” brode de fils d’or veritable.

Jumpsuit “Galatee” with gold thread embroidery.

Jumpsuit “Galatee” ricamata con fili d’oro.

Heures de broderie:  600

10.   Maxi cape smoking “Proserpine” de cachemire bleu nuit.

Maxi tuxedo cape “Proserpine” in midnight blue cashmere.

Maxi cappa smoking “Proserpine” in cachemire blu notte.

11.   Robe “Profond Sommeil”  de satin nuit.

Dress “Profond Sommeil” in “nuit” satin.

Abito “Profond Sommeil” in satin notte.

12.    Robe “Judith” de crepe georgette et velours nuit martele de noir.

Dress “Judith” in crepe georgett and “nuit” velvet “martele de noir”.

Abito “Judith” in crepe georgett e velluto notte, martellato di nero.

Heures de broderie:  500

13.    Robe “Spleen”  de crepe de Chine nuit.

Dress “Spleen” in “nuit” crepe de Chine.

Abito “Spleen” in crepe de Chine notte.

14.    Robe “Salmone” de mousseline fumee d’opium brodee d’argent et d’etain.

Dress “Salome” in silk chiffon “fumee d’opium” with silver and metail embroideries.

Abito “Salome” in mousseline “fumee d’opium” ricamata in argento e metallo.

Heures d’Atelier:  750

15.    Robe “Le Bois de Diane” de dentelle the vert et mousseline et ramages.

Dress “Le Bois de Diane” in “the vert” lace and silk chiffon and ramages.

Abito “Le Bois de Diane” in pizzo the vert, mousseline nera e ramages.

Heures d’Atelier:  900

16.    Manteau “Poema Paradisiaco” incruste de cachemire”Arbre deVie”.

Coat “Poema Paradisiaco” encrusted with cashmere “Arbre de Vie”

Cappotto “Poema Paradisiaco” incrostato in cachemire  Arbre deVie”.

Heures d’Atelier: 640

17.    Robe de mikado “Le Chant des Oiseaux”.

Dress in silk mikado “Le Chant des Oiseaux”

Abito in mikado “Le Chant des Oiseaux”

18.   Cape et robe “Arbre de Vie” en cachemire et organza.

Cape and dress “Arbre de Vie” in cashmere and organza.

Cappa e abito “Arbre de Vie” in cachemire e organza.

19.    Robe “Les Muses” d’organza chair et mousseline ramages.

Dress “Les Muses” in nude organza and silk chiffon ramages.

Abito “Les Muses” in organza color carne e mousseline ramages.

20.   Ensemble pantalon “Reves d’Orient” brode or et jais.

Pantsuit ensemble “Reves d’Orient” with gold and jet embroideries.

Ensemble “Reves d’Orient” ricamoto oro e jais.

Broderie:  100 000 tubes de jais sure les pantalons.

21.   Blouse et jumpsuit “Les Licornes” brodes d’or.

Blouse and jumpsuit “Les Licornes” with gold embroidery.

Blusa e jumpsuit “Les Licornes” ricamati d’oro.

Heures de broderie:  900

22.    Ensemble pantalon “Sphinx” brode de velours et cristaux.

Pantsuit ensemble “Sphinx” with velvet and crystal embroideries.

Ensemble “Sphinx” ricamoto in velluto e cristalli.

Heures de broderie:  650

23.    Robe “Les Voix” brodee d’or et jais.

Dress “Les Voix” with gold and jet embroideries.

Abito “Les Voix” ricamoto oro e jais.

24.    Tailleur manteau “A Rebours” de laine noire.

Blouse brodee de laine et jais.

Coat suit “A Rebours” in black wool.

Blouse with wool and jet embroideries.

Tailleur manteau “A Rebours” in lana nero.

Blusa ricamata in lana e jais.

450 metres de laine

25.    Cape “Aurore” de crepe et mikado noir.

Cape “Aurore” in crepe and black silk mikado.

Cappa “Aurore” in crepe e mikado n