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Valentino Spring 2013 Runway Review

Since taking over at Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have stuck to a rather drab color palette, only sparingly using the brand's signature red and though their collections have always been feminine, they continuously include covered-up silhouettes that almost mimic that of religious garb. There must be a winning formula in there somewhere because Valentino seems to be doing exceptionally well these days, particularly with accessories.

Love the collection or not, it's impossible to deny that covered up or not, everything was impeccably fitted. The slip dresses that opened the show, the belted coats, and the lace dresses and skirts are classic looks that will transcend seasons, while sheer paneled separates, puff-sleeved dresses, and a plastic trench gave some editorial appeal to the otherwise understated collection.