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2008 Fall Couture: Valentino

Some more daring designers have flirted with the cocoon silhouette, and still-fresh-on-her-thrown Valentino designer Alessandra Facchinetti is having a full-fledged love affair. The house's latest couture collection is characterized by elegance and maturity. You'll find no masculine undertones here. Instead, feast your eyes on lush fabrics like satin and chiffon, and feminine details such as sequins, ruffles, tucking, and pleating.

The cocoon shape made its way onto outerwear as well as dresses and skirt suits. But don't be mistaken; here, cocoon doesn't always equal unflattering. Black and ivory made appearances on the runway and jewel tones like blue, red, and green also livened the scene. The most memorable detail here — aside from the extensive, beautiful beading — is the accessories: gold chokers and spiraling bracelets that add a touch of whimsy to each outfit. Facchinetti is another step closer in keeping Mr. Valentino's keen taste for luxury alive.

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emalove emalove 8 years
Gorgeous! There's only a couple that I don't care for.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Some of it is tres chic!!
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I love the entire thin especially the grey coat. I liek the cocoon inspiration and I love that with the exception of that pod shaped skirt everything is actually wearable.I agree it isn't the obvious choice for a couture collection but I don't think it's simple elegance can be diminished by it's lack of frenzy and garishness
sima sima 8 years
I love it too. Especially the dresses - gorgeous!
SweetFirefly SweetFirefly 8 years
I love it all! To die for! Understated elegance is very chic. Clean lines, gorgeous fabric, elegant details. Not everything has to be over the top.
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