Runway Review: Has Valentino Run Out of Ideas?

As much as I admire Valentino and desire their clothes– I absolutely adore the combination of Romanticism and a modern edge– I have noticed that their past few collections have had the same basic themes. The collections have all consisted of long, delicate dresses with conservative necklines and a vintage quality and a few “edgy” pieces (Spring: laser cut patterned fabrics; Winter: leather capes and trenches) sprinkled in to keep the collection interesting. While I love shear dresses, tailored jackets, and spiked accessories, how many more times can we see these concepts before getting bored? Many other fashion houses have had recent collections that are similar to Valentino’s concepts– Gucci, Alberta Ferretti, Dior, and Givenchy, just to name a few– and some of them have done these concepts better (Gucci had positively gorgeous shear gowns for Fall). Now, don’t think that I am saying that I find Valentino to be boring and no longer like their collections. On the contrary, I like their dresses and find their collections to be beautiful, but I don’t see too many differences in their Spring/Summer 2012 collection (see photos 1 through 3) and their Fall/Winter 2012/2013 collection (see photos 4 through 6). To be honest, the designs look like they could be part of the same collection, not completely separate ones. All I am trying to convey is that I think Valentino needs to shake their runways up a smidge. Do they need to start making leather jumpsuits and skull printed dresses? No, they just need to maybe do a couple different silhouettes and/or color palletes. Or atleast change the styling of the models and advertisements (photos 3 and 6).

What do you think? Do you agree that the two collections are just too similar, or do you like the themes that Valentino is going with?

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