Friday, January 30, 2015

Amor by Valentino

Love.

That's the muse for my absolute favorite Haute Couture collection for Spring 2015.  I warn you though, I am a hopeless romantic...an optimist...a bright-sider...an aesthete...

Inspired by Shakespeare, Dante's Inferno and the poetic paintings of Marc Chagall, Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli put together a collection of needle artistry for their Spring collection that will warm your heart and soul.

Simple linen silhouettes reminiscent of Russian peasant embroidery with smocked collars and sleeves...


Covered in red embroidery similar to Assissi work...



This show was chock-full of needle goodness...


With embroidered vests and jackets over embroidered gowns of organza, tulle, charmeuse and lace...



The drool factor on this one is off the charts...


Oh...what I wouldn't do to own this amazing jacket or the unbelievably exquisite sheath beneath.

Feast your eyes on the detail...


It makes me want to run to my needles to create such a masterpiece.  If I ever get it done, make sure you bury me in it...


In fact, if I had been the model wearing this baby, I would have made a run for it and crossed the nearest border!  It would have saved me a lot of work.

It is, by far...my absolute fave in this collection...well, for every-day wear and burial...


My other absolute fave is for date night.

Check out this fabulously romantic, float-y number...



This show's about love alright because I love absolutely everything in it.

I love these flowers...


And the lettering is pure poetry...


So feminine yet so modern...


Honestly, there is too much embroidered exquisiteness to show it all here so check out the video of the Valentino show below or view all the looks in exquisite detail here.


It's sure to brighten your day...



And fuel your embroidery passion...


Amor Vincit Omnia...



Love Conquers All.


As for embroidery?  It's a close second.

The other haute couture shows didn't hold a candle to this one.  Sorry.  

I have eyes for Valentino and Valentino alone.

18 comments:

Deborah C. Stearns said...

Beautifully embellished fashion! Thanks for sharing the photos.

Createology said...

Stunning pieces of exquisite embroidery. Thank you for sharing this swoon-worthy collection.

Rachel said...

The details of haute couture garments are breathtaking, aren't they!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Oh my gosh, this was breathtaking in exquisite beauty and gracefulness, in the creations and in the models themselves. I was riveted, in awe.

Thank you for sharing this. It makes me feel like a real amateur that's for sure with my needle and thread. It is inspiring and encouraging though to just keep on creating.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Gisela Suski said...

Outstanding I just can imagine the talented and hours of work the seamstress' stitched the beautiful pieces.

Linda said...

Oh my, that is just breathtaking! Those skinny little things don't deserve to wear such loveliness...Real women like you and me should have them, don't you think?!?! I could wear them to work, and you could wear them while you are making the world more beautiful with your needles. 8-)

xo Linda

Karen said...

Ho-ly cow! These are amazing. Love the brown one!

Lena K said...

This is not an Italian Renaissance! Maybe it is similar to Assissi work. But originally this is traditional Russian dress - sundress (сарафан - sarafan) with traditional Russian embroidery.

Please google "русская народная вышивка" - it means "Russian folk embroidery", also "традиционная русская вышивка" - "traditional Russian embroidery".

I personally recommend these books:
1. "Peasant art in Russia" (1912) by Charles Holme - https://archive.org/details/cu31924020579698
2. "Русский народный орнамент. Выпуск 1. Шитье, ткани, кружева" (1871) by Стасов (Stasov) - https://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/4176639/

I hope you'll find something interesting! =)

Susan Elliott said...

Thanks so much Lena. I made the correction and will try to find the books you mentioned. I really appreciate your taking the time to share your knowledge. Susan

Leeann said...

for every-day wear and burial... HAhahaha just what I was thinking too!

lacysuzette said...

Great post! I agree with Lena, the red embroidery is highly similar to Russian, Ukrainian, Eastern European embroidery. Patternmakerchartsblogspot has a number of charted designs posted online. Scroll down past the Sajou et al charts.

Judy Cinerari said...

So great to see beautiful embroidery celebrated and valued in high fashion. May it long continue.

Gina said...

Oh my goodnes! Just stunning!

Gina said...

Oh my goodnes! Just stunning!

Masha E said...

Thank you for sharing! The collection is fantastic! I wonder, how many hours where spent to embroider such a beauty.

victoria said...

Wow! I'm dizzy. Good thing I'm sitting down. Did someone go blind doing all this stitching?

Marie said...

That sure is a stunning collection, wow!

Jubama said...

magnifique !!! merci !

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