Monday, 11 August 2014

Valentino Autumn/Winter 2014: Butterfly Couture

 
 
It's strange to be thinking of the autumnal drizzle, and cold of winter in light of the summer heat that we are currently experiencing, but here are more beautiful butterfly fashion creations courtesy of Valentino's A/W Animalia collection. The embroidered dress trimmed with feathers, as well as featuring embroidered butterflies above, is just stunning. Valentino had already flirted with the butterfly theme in their Spring Summer 2014 Collection (below), creating this very sexy dress, but really went to town with it for this current Autumn collection. The designers are Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.




Most fashion designers usually reserve butterflies as a theme for their summer collections, so it is unusual to see them being used to adorn garments during a period of the year when they are less active. These garments will provide a nice splash of colour throughout the forthcoming grey, cold, days which are the Autumn/Winter season.


 
 







 
 


 
I like equally the stark contrast of the tailored pieces below, which are simpler, more tailored and less fussy than the embroidered pieces above.
 

 
Details of the embroidery and print
 




 
Some accompanying Valentino butterfly accessories. The ad campaign for the accessories below, was devised and shot by controversial photographer Terry Richardson. It is also his tattooed arm that features in the ads. Great use of pattern (print and tattoo), against a plain background.
 
 
 


 
Still with the Valentino butterfly theme but not part of the A/W 2014  collection is this interesting fashion drawing for a Butterfly themed dress created specifically for singer Katy Perry by the design team at Valentino.