The Scene: FROW dwellers included Kim Kardashian, who is now Valentino’s BFF (he hosted her pre-wedding dinner in May). Baz Luhrmann, who seems to be all over couture week, was also in attendance along with newlywed Olivia Palermo, Anya Ziourova and Emma Watson.
The Look: The house went for a goddess feel this season, making Kardashian’s presence even more apropos. Her now husband proclaimed himself a “god” on his last album–now that they’re wed, we guess that makes her a goddess. And she will certainly have a lot to choose from this season. The 61-look overture gave an air of restrained regality and no-fuss opulence. With the exception of a few embroidered and embellished coats, the collection was all dreamy, draped frocks with leather sashes or easy separates: tunics, open blazers with textured lapels and a few flowing maxi skirts. Romanesque vine patterns curled up bodices and fanned out on skirts, adding a graphic touch to the romantic offering. A goddess is born to wear gold, so sheer lace and metallic touches on patterned pieces added to the otherworldly feel.
The Accessories: Models were styled in Grecco-Roman deity-approved flat sandals.
The Beauty: The makeup look read a little ashen, although it seems they were going for more of a supernatural glow–it seems the makeup team went a bit too heavy on the highlighter. Hair was parted in the center and pulled back into a wavy low ponytail. An easy look for the goddess who doesn’t like a lot of fuss.
The Takeaway: It’s hard not to feel like a supernatural queen when you’re wearing a beautiful draped gown–Valentino absolutely nailed that moment with this collection. Beautiful as the offering is, there are a few pieces that could work for ready-to-wear or resort season, like those blazers, a few of those tunics and definitely a handful of those draped dresses. Is a maxi skirt worth a trip to the atelier? Depends on whom you ask. If it’s Kim Kardashian, the answer is probably yes.