Haute Couture Spring/Summer 14: Valentino

Haute Couture Spring/Summer 14: Valentino

Operatic opulence

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Lakmé - the 1883 Delibes opera set in India - was the inspiration for Valentino Haute Couture by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli for SS14

In true Italian style, the creative directors at Valentino incorporated the country's beloved opera into their Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

The designers were inspired by a theatre set painting from Rome, where buckets of coloured paints were used on hand-drawn canvas backdrops. As well as dramatic animal print patterns and draped shapes, the duo kept the signature Valentino aspects - such as demure long-sleeved dresses.

With the Opera theme artistically permeating all of the intricate couture looks, the most notable was that of a delicate white dress with music notes embroidered onto the skirt from the iconic La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi. The way Chiuri and Piccioli have incorporated music into the collection is brilliant, original and a true show of love for their country and its culture.

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