Jaclyn Giuliano is one of our five runners up in our Blog for Saks contest with IFB. Check out her coverage of the fall collections of Valentino and Carven that earned her the nod:
After soaking in the incredible reviews, photos, and tidbits from the Fall 2012 runway shows, I found myself drawn to two collections in particular. Among the sea of heavily embroidered fabrics, voluminous throwback sweaters, and the ever-present peplum frill, Carven and Valentino shared center stage. Guillaume Henry’s unknowingly chic woman with a hidden edge appeared to be the mid-twenties child of the classic Valentino woman. Predicting that the Carven girl will one day inherit her mother’s prized pieces, Chiuri and Piccioli made the wait even more torturous by filling their collection with folklore-inspired overcoats, liquid-like leather capes and skirts, and that famous red re-imagined as a daytime jumpsuit. The key elements in both collections were each designer’s ability to create outfits that offered slices of skin and hints of something more, rather than falling for something easier. Carven’s ruby red cocktail dress accented with a delicate lace bra would be appropriate at any formal affair, then transition perfectly to a late night dinner with a small switch from heels to flats.
Valentino’s woman appeared more confident in a buttoned white shirt with billowing chiffon sleeves, but the delicate ankle straps of her shoes and hidden studs on the straps of her bag moved the collection away from tradition and into a wardrobe without rules. To a woman of any age, each collection would offer years of wearability and follow her through each decade like a daughter learning from a mother.
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