>> Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli went soft and lovely for Spring 2012, tapping the romance of the Age of Enlightenment and the innocence of Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon for a couture collection rife with delicateness — or as they put it, "deep lightness." For day, there were softly swishing knee-length dresses with ruffled necks and sheer sleeves; for evening, full-length strapless or long-sleeved gowns in heavy silk and taffeta — some embellished with crystals and pearls, and others printed with antique-looking florals and toile.
Cameron Diaz's trip to Paris Fashion Week has been quite inspirational. First she wowed us in all-black, fringed Versace, and now the actress is sweetening things up in Valentino lace. To take this look from the red carpet to the streets of your 'hood, pair an equally sweet white lace or crochet top with a pair of slouchy boyfriend jeans, then finish off the look with nude pointy pumps just like Cameron did. You'll end up with a nod to Valentino, but with a casual, way-cool edge.
Gowns swathed in toile-inspired prints and soft, wallpaper florals hinted at Jane Austin era romance at Valentino. There's a distinctly feminine feel, and a hint of both Parisian decadence and Victorian propriety in the collars, bows, and capes that topped delicate silver-embellished gowns and sheer-topped confections. Everything feels emphatically pretty — the softness, the bow and floral-appliqué adornments; even the slipper-style loafers are done up in the same florals and details.
- Trends: Sheer, antique and toile-inspired florals, Victorian collars.
- Colors: White, cream, and soft pink, blue, and green.
- Key Look: The soft floral-print and embellished strapless gown; the creamy white shift.
- Accessories: Embellished and printed loafers.
- Who Would Wear It: Claire Danes, Kate Bosworth; the ultra-femme red-carpet beauties.
It's raining couture in Paris as we speak, and we're more than just a little excited to pore over every handcrafted, painstakingly beautiful detail of these custom-fitted, atelier-designed clothes. While the high-fashion looks of Spring 2012 continue to trickle in, we've culled 100 of the most stunning gowns, impeccably tailored suits, and everything in between from Couture Fashion Weeks past. These made-to-order creations are nothing short of masterpieces, more akin to viewing gorgeous pieces of fashion-infused artwork than off-the-rack designs. Keep clicking to view some of the chicest couture from the likes of Chanel, Valentino, Givenchy, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and more. Don't forget to tell us your favorites in the comments!
Hart of Dixie star Jaime King hit the Globes InStyle afterparty in a velvet floor-length Valentino Couture number. She paired the lime-green confection with an embellished vintage-inspired cocktail purse, gold Van Cleef & Arpels bangles, and a couple of party-perfect diamond rings. Her braided updo matched the same detail along the collar and waist of her sweet yet modest dress. For a dazzling finish, she added bright red matte lips. Do you like Jaime's afterparty attire?
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Evan Rachel Wood stepped out tonight in a romantic, strapless, black lace Valentino gown. The floor-length creation evoked an old-Hollywood mood, which she styled with an intricate updo comprised of a mix of retro twists. Her flawless makeup — a light mauve eye and coral lips — also reflected her glam ensemble and hair. To top it off, she wore classic onyx and diamond studs by Dana Rebecca Designs and toted a sweet bronzed clutch at her side. Thoughts on Evan Rachel's lacy look?
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Kristen Bell looks red-hot in a flirty leather and lace, fit-and-flare Valentino number. In keeping with her understated sexy look, she wears her hair loose and slightly messy, and keeps her makeup straightforward and soft. What do you think? Do all the disparate elements work together?
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Kourtney Kardashian glammed it up in designer duds — ruffled Valentino boots and a textured Celine bag — while doing some last-minute holiday shopping in LA. Kourt rocked a sheer pleated blouse, dark denim, and a velour blazer. She topped her accented ensemble with a wide-brimmed hat, gradient sunglasses, and a double layer of Cartier love bangles. Snag her exact bag and boots with other similar items here.