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Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the duo now tasked with designing the Valentino couture collection, have received quite a lot of flack lately for their design work – most recently via the widely panned pale rose dress that Chloe Sevigny wore when accepting her Golden Globe. Fittingly, a number of the pieces shown at the Spring 2010 show looked like they may be right up Sevigny’s alley…not sure what that says about how most critics will feel about the collection.

Starting off with a slew of Herve Leger-esque bandage dresses there was an overkill of clashing colors (think silver, black, rose, and fluorescent pink – all part of the same look) that I have a feeling would make Valentino cringe as he longs for the light-motif of his signature flowing red gowns. Clearly, the design duo are trying to rebel against the classic red carpet wears Valentino has been known for, but one would have a hard time identifying the collection that was shown as even remotely fitting of the Valentino name (though to the designer’s credit, there was some red and bow accents). Add to that the fact that the models walked out with a colorful stripe of makeup across their eyes, and you’ve completely lost me.

This is not to say that all was bad.  The uber high heeled bandage booties the models wore were gorgeous, especially when they boasted contrasting platforms.  There were some beautifully ruched pants, and the neon-gray-chiffon color combo made for some covetable outerwear, but overall there seemed to be a lack in consistency and an overt sexiness mixed with a misplaced tinge of bohemia that doesn’t seem fitting of the Valentino name. Perhaps the collection could be best described as Herve Leger meets Lindsay Lohan-era Emanuel Ungaro…ouch.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.