Runway News


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli didn’t get the warmest of welcomes when they presented their first ready to wear collection six months ago, after only two season of Alessandra Facchinetti at the helm of the iconic couture house.


Things changed for the better when they presented their last Couture collection. Similarly, for Spring/Summer 2010 the duo showed a younger collection full of easy to wear, short party dresses with simple embellishments that will hopefully help attract some younger blood to the house.

The classic Valentino touches were bountiful – including lustrous silk, bow accents, lace, ruffles, and feathers.  The only thing flagrantly missing was Valentino’s signature red.

The color palette was a wonderfully subdued mixed of nuded, grays, gold, peaches, and blues. There were also some elaborate black pieces shown towards the end of the collection, including a black jumper.

While Valentino has built an empire on evening gowns, Chiuri and Piccioli’s strong suits are clearly with their short party dresses.

With the exception of a printed chiffon gown with a tie around the waist, the long numbers seemed ill-fitting, and in the case of one piece which came complete with over-sized ruffled edges, very difficult to wear.