Friday, October 05, 2007

Paris Fashion Week: Valentino's final bow

In true Valentino style, that of a gentleman, the legendary Italian designer took his final bow at his last ready-to-wear show in Paris yesterday.

Valentino announced his retirement as head designer early last month, not long after celebrating his 45th anniversary with the fashion house.

Circled by a bevy of models, Valentino waved to the crowd amongst a sea of bows, ruffles, polka dots, floaty chiffon and skirt suits.
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Frocks, frocks and more frocks - doing what Valentino does best - appeared along the runway in all manners of colours, prints, fabrics and fabulous features. A wave of candy pink dresses opened the show, moving quickly onto yellow just in case you were feeling sleepy and needed a wake-me-up. Whether it be a shift, Galaxy-style dress, or an '80s bubblegum number there was no mistaking that a bright dress is essential for next spring/summer.

Even still, you can't forget that ever-important monochrome with black and white a prominent feature in polka dots and stripy shoes (very Giles Deacon-esque!) Reminiscent of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, Valentino's polka dots were strapped with gigantic bows. He also incorporated some pretty serious volume tailoring with Jackie O style skirt suits.

Red carpet gowns, a particular favourite among the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren, were echoed on the catwalk in floor sweeping elegance. My eye was especially drawn to a gorgeous fire red strapless gown with a giant fishtail (above, middle). A stunning way to end an illustrious prêt-à-porter career!

[Images: via Getty]

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