Fans of the legendary designer from actresses Uma Thurman and Lucy Lui to model Claudia Schiffer alongside fellow designers Miuccia Prada, Alber Elbaz and Emanuel Ungaro sat front row for this slice of fashion history. And it did not disappoint.
A thouroughly modern collection (read airy, gauzy, transparant fabrics and florals) which still showcased the very besy of Valentino (long gowns, old school glamour, Park Avenue pastel shades.) For day there were simple, sherbert shaded suits and dresses while detailed evening gowns came fringed, embroidered, swathed in ruffles or covered in florals. It was a riot of colour and texture, accessorised with huge retro 1960s-esque bow hats. However, it was lacking just one thing, Valentino's trademark red.
Until the finale that was, when every single model in the show paraded down the catwalk in identical, simple cut red column dresses(pictured), followed by the designer himself who took his final bow to a standing ovation.
After 45 years creating some of the world's most beautiful fashion - he desreved it.
By Laurelle Gilbert
Posted: 24 January 2008More