Thursday, February 4, 2010

Valentino Go 'Bye, Bye'

Let’s face it, fashion lovers; sometimes couture isn’t exactly wearable. Many designs are over-the-top and are more theatrical than anything. And the price? That’s another story.

Couture is the designer's way of selling us the dream. Unfortunately, many of us can’t afford to buy that dream but many of us can certainly own a piece of the dream like a belt or a scarf.
Basically, couture is created to influence the RTW lines—this is what makes the fashion houses money. Well, RTW & accessories and all the other licensed products like fragrance, sunglasses etc.
It’s also created for the women (very few) in the world that can actually afford couture. I’m sure the client list is very small.
That being said, Valentino was one of those couture designers that not only sold us the dream, he created pieces that were wearable—every piece was wearable. This is rare for couture and he did it every season for about 50 yrs.
He was quite the designer—we’re still going gaga over him since watching his fantastic documentary, ‘Valentino: The Last Emperor’
If you love fashion you need to see this film.

So, like any fashion-obsessed blogger, Fashion Autopsy was quite intrigued to see the Valentino 2010 Spring Couture line because of all the negative comments coming out of Paris post show.
‘How bad could it be?’ we thought.
Well, it’s bad. Especially when you compare it to Valentino Garavani’s last Spring Couture show in 2008.

See for yourself:

Valentino 2008 Spring Couture

Valentino Spring 2010 Couture


Most of the pieces are so bad, we don't even know what to say. 

Today, the media is all buzzing about the latest comment from Valentino's BF & business partner, Giancarlo Giametti. Aparently, he didn't like the Spring 2010 Couture line and didn't have a problem saying so--on Facebook:

"[H]e was “not sad … just surprised. … We have always supported the new designers and we love them, but this time we have to distance ourselves from this ridiculous circus.”

Giammetti concluded (to WWD) both he and Garavani “are always supportive of the designers of Valentino, even if we don’t approve of their effort to be cool at all costs. But we will always be [supportive] of them.” The house of Valentino declined to comment.

He's being too nice but I guess he has to since it's his partner's name that's being dragged through the fabulous mud of Paris Couture.

Here are the two responsible for this disaster:

Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri

They're fucked.


  1. It's definitely an almost bizarre colour palette! I was surprised to see the collection since Garavani is still supposed to be very involved with his house. It can't have been a complete surprise to him??


  2. I'm sure they have very little say now, non?
    Also, collections can look a lot different pre-runway. I think the accessories & makeup also added to the 'circus' feel.
    Quite tragic, really. Looks nothing like the house of valentino.