Renaissance Revelry: Valentino Couture Fall 2011

Valentino Couture Fall 2011 (Imax Tree)

Valentino Couture Fall 2011
As head designer Pier Paolo Piccioli described, Valentino's Fall '11 couture collection offers "a sense of regality and luxury that has nothing to do with ostentation."

The collection of velvet burnout fabrics, intricate beading, and elongated silhouettes is most certainly regal. Delicate bejeweled wreaths placed over braids, luminous brocades, floor-sweeping tassels and gold lace appliqué further capture the Renaissance essence of the sumptuous line.

We are reminded of modernity in the two strategically placed blazers and the purposeful play on modesty—the beautiful contradiction of sheer long-sleeve dresses and see-through tie-neck blouses that fully cover but do not conceal.

Of course, no Valentino show would be complete without a delectable red gown or two. Amongst a sea of muted hues, soft golds and sheer tulle, a garnet velvet dress and crimson cowl gown offer strategic fire to the immaculate collection.

See the complete Fall '11 Valentino Couture collection:

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