White and dusty hues were the colors of the hour at the Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli–designed Valentino Spring 2012 Haute Couture collection, which included a gorgeous bridal look that impressively managed to look innocent, despite notable sheerness.
Long sleeves, high necks, and dusty floral prints brought eighteenth century dress to mind. Unlike previous seasons where such tendencies left a dowdy impression, this collection struck as fresh and wearable. Further, while some of the looks did appear heavy – in true eighteenth century style – there were more lightweight, delicate ones that will likely hold appeal for many in the arty-cool crowd (think Chloe Sevigny).
While it was mostly about evening dress, the capes, coats, and jackets stood out as particularly strong, notably those with embroidered and lace details.