Summary: After their first collection for Valentino was panned by critics just a short six months ago, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli's Spring 2010 collection is a glorious return to the runway, invoking the beauty and splendor that is so iconic Valentino. "We wanted to tell a fairytale," said Piccioli – inspiration that radiates throughout the collection. As the models glided down the runway, showcasing cascades of sheer ruffles, dresses draped in tiered wonder, and blazers that gleamed through lace and sparkle, it was evident that beauty had been restored in the house of Valentino. The color palate for Chiuri and Piccioli's collection was soft and delicate, featuring taupes, muted greys, and heavenly metallics. Even the black dresses towards the end of the collection felt warm, made of sheer chiffon and flowery lace, often with an elaborate bow accentuating the waist. Spring is a season of romance, whimsicality, a return to the world after the bleakness of winter. Fashionable romanticism at its very finest, Chiuri and Piccioli have created a fairtytale that is sumptuously exquisite – a grand success for Valentino.
– Amanda Aldinger
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