Thursday, July 12, 2012

Valentino Blue

Red, of course, was Valentino Garavani’s signature color when he was designing for his own house (and God knows I always love to see a Valentino red dress), but be still my heart for the midnight blue that Valentino co-creative directors Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri showed last week during the Paris couture shows. I really love the direction they are taking Valentino, it’s true to the heritage of the house and yet they are starting to find their own way too. Their Valentino seems very ladylike and beautiful (qualities Mr. Valentino has always believed in), yet modern, and with the slightest bit of edge. Maybe this gorgeous shade of blue will become their signature color. Here were some of my favorite looks from the show:

I love the dress and is that a cape?

So elegant, so ladylike. The back of the dress is below.

I adore this navy and black plissé dress.

I love the different textures shown here.

This almost feels medieval to me.

Somebody should get married in this dress.

Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Valentino co-designers.

That shade of blue is absolutely one of my favorite colors so I had to pull out my Revlon nail polish from a couple of years ago, Midnight Affair, and also my blue rectangle sequined tank I bought last year at Kohl’s.

This is one of the reasons I love watching the couture shows—I’m always inspired by the colors the designers feature and sometimes seeing couture makes me shop my own closet!

All Valentino couture pictures from


Poppy Buxom said...

Thanks for the report. Valentino was never a designer I followed, probably because he wasn't edgy enough to suit the younger me. But holy moly those dresses are just beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Isn't that midnight blue just divine? I love it.


jill815 said...

Hi Poppy, don't laugh but I've always loved Valentino and I entirely blame all the Danielle Steel novels I read as a teenager. All the heroines were always beautiful and wearing Gucci and I can picture them in Valentino creations from the 1980s! As an adult I now understand Danielle has always been a big couture hound, and particularly loved Christian Lacroix, but I wouldn't be surprised if she's got some vintage Valentino stashed away in that couture closet of hers! I wish you and I could go makeup shopping together. I need a trip to Sephora. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Marsi, how are you? I know they showed other dresses in other colors at the Valentino show but I am still stuck on all the blue...XO, Jill

Anonymous said...

Midnight blue: my color, and I want it now!

Angele Style said...

I ADORE VALENTINO the man and of course his designs are glorious. The documentary on his life and every brief interview I have ever seen with him makes me wish I could be in his presence even for a moment from afar would be fine.

The designs and the midnight blue color is divine and a wonderful reflection of Valentino the artist.

jill815 said...

Hi Rebekah, I know, right? Isn't it a divine shade of blue? I sometimes think I like it better than black. XO, Jill

jill815 said...

Hi Angele! I think I have to rewatch "The Last Emperor". I love Valentino and Giancarlo so much, I want them to adopt me! I would love to know what Valentino thinks of this new collection. I think this design team is great. As for Valentino himself, I would so love to meet him and tell him how much I admire his work. XO, Jill

Gracey at Fashion for Giants said...

Love the midnight blue. I'm usually a cobalt girl, but this post makes me want some midnight in my closet!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Everywhere I go where fall clothes are coming out, this color of blue is looks huge for the upcoming season and it is beautiful. I have a tank that looks exactly like the one you showed in the last picture. The clothes are beautiful...Thanks, Jill!


I love, love the dresses and the shade.
I love Valentino the man and the artist very much.

Anonymous said...

I don't wear much blue...not sure why?
You've got me thinking blue now. Absolutely stunning gowns!

Chicatanyage said...

What a gorgeous colour so much more flattering than black. I wish I could find more styles in this hue.

Anonymous said...

I love the color and the "medieval" looking dress in particular.

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