Valentino Spring Summer 2009 Haute Couture

Written By bryanboy

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 —

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.


photo credit: catwalking


  1. As much as I respect Ms. Horyn’s comments, let’s not forget that Chiuri and Piccioli are newly hired and that they’re still finding their footing in making couture. Maybe next season they’ll blow us away?

  2. I agree with all that she said. Absolutely no emotion, however I suppose a more exciting backdrop could have helped the cause somewhat.

  3. Who does Horyn think she is? Diana Vreeland? I dare to disagree. People don’t know classy and fabulous until it comes up and bites them on the ass. I liked it, and for once the couture is wearable and elegant instead of something that will be seen as cutting edge and then stuck a museum on a mannequin, never to be worn. I think it is beautiful and respectful homage was paid to Valentino in this first collection.

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