At the Valentino spring 2013 presentation in Hong Kong, models sashayed in saccharine and delicate dresses in various pastel shades. Lace was a dominant theme, seen on cocktail frocks, capes and ball gowns. The Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have zeroed in on the kind of clothes modern romantic ladies like to wear. There were frothy gowns and tiered lace dresses as well as pieces inspired by lingerie. There is a delicate hand to the clothes even in a black chiffon pantsuit. Couture-like.
The women’s accessories for spring 2013 followed the same color palette as the ready-to-wear, from pastels to brights. The editors’ favorite studded shoes now come in cotton candy pink and mint green. There was a pair of sage green lace espadrilles, which is bound to be a hit.
For men, the clothes and accessories are military-inspired with a lot of camouflage. I especially like the camp bomber jacket, which I can see myself pairing with a crisp white shirt and grey tailored pants. I also like the khaki trousers with the surprise green color block detail on the calves. The bags are mostly in camo too expect for the man clutch with an arm hook in kelly green. As for shoes, the focus is on dressy sneakers. The kind that won’t be awkward when paired with a slouchy suit.
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