Wearable Wednesday: Valentino 2012RTW

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Valentino- institution, right? The The name shrieked by aging matrons with nasal voices when the valet gets their unmanicured mitts too close to the skirtage. I think Valentino is a little bit aging, but maybe thats just me.  Just this week Jessica Biel worked some Valentino and looked a lot under 90 years old.  I think removing the lining from it is probably a good start to bringing it a frisky young Courtney Love-esque audience.

 Now I love pockets, but maybe they aren’t always a good thing- especially when they create weird optical illusions:

This I like.

Maybe this too.

This one makes me think of the Loretta Lynn museum. She needs bigger hair:

This is my favorite. I like the very simple lines with the embellishments. 

Photo credits: Style.com

19 thoughts on “Wearable Wednesday: Valentino 2012RTW

    Barbara Shovlin said:
    December 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Valentino…class will always be class. Just love 1 and 2…of course, too sheer..but fixable, how romantic…old fashioned but fresh. I do love the red, but have seen too many like it on the “red carpet”. My favorite is the gray w/great black bow…I would so love that;… hey, we aging matrons crave a good basic gray!!! No explanation for the Loretta Lynn number…Also appreciate the detail and look of the last one.

    Ruth said:
    December 14, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Pockets in an evening dress? Call me old-fashioned but my staff carry everything I need. I’m not a big fan of round necklines so I’d have to get the scissors out on all of them – and line them! No 6 is good but a wee bit like brown paper?

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      A well trained staff is never out of fashion! The last one does almost rustle when you see it doesn’t it? The model gets extra points for not wrinkling the craft paper.

    molly said:
    December 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I don’t understand why designers send shear clothes down the runway, the celebrities who end up wearing the dresses always make them add a lining anyways. The red dress is pretty though

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      There is a thesis topic in there somewhere- why design the impractical?

    Seraphinalina said:
    December 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I liked the red one until I hit the hem and the extra ruffle went all Laura Ingals Wilder on me. I think the grey dress is my favourite, I’d wear that.

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm

      Prairie couture makes it’s unpleasant return!

    CGCouture said:
    December 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Personally, I can live without seeing anyone in the sheer dresses, thankyouverymuch. And the hands in the “pockets” one is just too creepy. The red one is kind of pretty, but makes me think an awful lot of “little house on the prairie”. ;-) I would absolutely wear the silvery one though. Agreed on the Loretta Lynn one, and the last one could probably be found easily in the Sheplers catalog for significantly less–and you could pick up matching cowboy boots while you’re there. ;-) However, it does look like it would be fairly easy to knock off if you had a mind to. The embellishments might be more tricky, but I bet you could do it. :-)

    prttynpnk responded:
    December 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    The last one does sort of lend itself to the outback , fdoesn’t it? Safari formal.
    I always wonder if I should post the sheer ones- I’d hate for someone to get offended when it isn’t even my work!

    lazysubculturalgirl said:
    December 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I like the red one and the gray one right beneath it, but only with a lining. The others are “almost, but not quite.” I just look at them and think what I would change. And I can’t figure out the pockets — they’re made out of netting like the dress? How bizarre. If you put a lining under that, I think the pockets would stand out and not in a good way.

    Valentino is big because of name recognition. They can send anything down the runway and people will buy it because hey! Valentino!

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

      Ok, thats just a new hurdle. If you put your keys or expensive jewelry in the mesh pockets then you can wrestle to get your hand free. Excellent red carpet pictures!

    Judith said:
    December 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Photo’s 1 and 2 looks like ‘someone forgot to read the pattern sheet – lining! What lining???’ We all try to wing the pattern reading part at some stage and come unstuck (we just don’t admit to it). The rest look like Cinderella rejects in the rags to riches hall of fame…just goes to show I am no fashion expert!!! Maybe I am just intimidated by the famous Valentino ‘Red’ as no one does ‘red’ like Valentino…

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Lining is for sissies!

    Goodbye Valentino said:
    December 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Is Valentino still creating the designs bearing his name? I have always loved Valentino and have found his clothes appealing to all ages but the ones above do not resemble his signature apparel….. something is amiss here.

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm

      You should check out the last pic of the style.com slideshow- the villians are revealed. Literally, her shirt is very ill-fitting!

    Emily said:
    December 16, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Hang on. Pockets. To put stuff in? Really? Oh, just for show. Hang on a minute, I wanna put coins in and see what happens. Please? Can I? Can I?

    The silver one is pretty though …. agreed on that.

      prttynpnk responded:
      December 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

      I think any change in these pockets will look like an airport x-ray!

    Leanne T said:
    December 18, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Seems strange coming from Valentino. Who wears that sheer stuff, anyway?

    Tia Dia said:
    February 2, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    There is a huge difference between Valentino and the duo paid to design at his house nowadays. Keep the newbies and give me the real deal. I’ve seen almost nothing from the Valentino label since he retired that has knocked my socks off. Ugh.

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