As much as it pains me too say it, i wasn't as impressed with Valentino this year. It sounds so harsh because ive always been such a fan but - to me anyway - there was something missing from the collection. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, chose to do something more modern, almost sports luxe like, that did update the Valentino image and will most likely attract new customers to the brand. But, compared to the other shows that have showcased this week, im not sure that this was on the same scale. I hate to say that. I think that last year their show had such a dramatic feel which made it strong - and that's what i always associate with Couture; drama & glamour...more is more in a way. I say this, but i don't think it was a bad collection by any stretch of the imagination. When people have such a clear image in their minds about the Valentino aesthetic which they all know and love from when the man himself was still there, it can come as a surprise when someone new takes over and that's the challenge these designers have had to deal with so i salute them.
Valentino Couture A/W 2009