PARIS — It was the white collars and sublime colors of Vermeer's masterpiece "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" on the mood board for Valentino's ready-to-wear show in Paris on Tuesday.
Using the Flemish masters as a starting point for fall-winter 2013-14, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli delivered a more varied silhouette than last season in vase, trapeze, tulip and column shaped. It was a welcome change.
"It's for different women for different moments," said Piccioli of the collection which featured Dutch floral patterns, rich reds and royal blue.
Short-skirted, sexy looks signaled a slight relaxing for the house known for its austere edge. And, incredibly, some short looks cut with a cool circular edge pattern in red, pale pink, green and blue even came across sporty.
But this is Valentino.
The high white Flemish-style collar and frequent full-length sleeves ensured this was not forgotten.
"It's severity with the idea of sensuality," Chiuri said.
Not all the looks worked. A red dress with white fur collar looked overly theatrical — but this was unimportant, given the show's rich pickings.