Valentino Spring Summer 2009 Haute Couture

From Cathy Horyn of the New York Times:

"In contrast to the scene around the show, the clothes produced absolutely no emotion. They were dead on arrival, starting with the first red coat.
Much work went into that sun ray draping, but the effect seemed wooden,
lifeless. These clothes were designed to please Valentino, to reflect
his legacy and archive, and for the most part they were just that —
imitations.
"

Valentino Spring/Summer 2009 Haute Couture

"Sure, the new designers kept the template, but something happens when a designer retires: the audience expects to see a
new beginning. If I were the Permira guys, I’d be worried if all I
heard was how fabulous and “very Valentino” the show was. What is it
going to look like next season and the one after that? It’s going to
look exactly the same. Nothing is going to change. And that’s the kiss of death in fashion.
"

Ouch.

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