Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli for Valentino at the SS2010 couture show was one of the biggest disaster I've ever seen in my few years of acquaintance with the fashion world. This is not Valentino, and I think although new designers should inject their own voice and aesthetics into a collection if they are designing for a major house, but it is a whole new story to change the whole aesthetics and image that the brand had been so well known for. Valention is glam. Valentino is somewhat tacky. Valentino is all about that RED, that high slit up to the thigh, that gorgeous draping, that plunging neckline. Instead, we were presented with a collection of LADIES FROM TACKYVILLE, RODARTE GONE BAD, and BALENCIAGA SS10 WANNABE.
Seriously, this collection was disappointing and it just reminded me of the beauty of Valentino's couture gowns when he was still designing. I wonder what Mr.Valentino would think when he sees this collection. The only thing I liked about this collection was the make up. It is cool, alien-esque, which I have a soft spot for, but wouldn't this kind of make up be more suitable for brands like Marni, Missoni or Luella? Something that is younger and hipper, rather than a brand like Valentino that is known for its glam and beauty. It is one thing to inject new perspective, and it is another thing to completely wipe out a major design house and create a disaster. Like seriously? I can see some reference from his past designs, such as the mixing of panels of different colored chiffon, and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli are desperately trying to make it look young and hip, and it turns out like this.
So I went to take a look, and dug into the Valentino archive on style.com and rewatched Valentino, The Last Emperor, and just sighed like a billion times. Seriously, when Valentino retired, the brand should retire too. It is just not the same when someone tries to create a classic. Lagerfeld for Chanel is the one exception. Elbaz for Lanvin as well. But honestly, this? This is just one of the most heart-aching things I've ever seen. It is a disaster. Now, I shall just post some images of the REAL Valentino couture gowns.
Oh! The good old days.
Can't wait to see what kind of disaster Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli will show in a few weeks at the FW fashion weeks.
(all images from www.style.com)