7 December 2012 2:38 | 4 comments | Posted by

Fashion Sweetly Feminine For Women And Military Inspired For Men At Valentino Spring 2013


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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What do you think?

  1. Betsy Countryman | December 7th, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I love all of the lace dresses they are timeless!

    • Style Intel | December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Yes they are! Just lovely!

  2. Betsy Busch-Le Ne' | December 7th, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    It’s refreshing to see a line that’s unashamedly feminine. The colors remind me of Laduree’s macarons and how wonderful to note that the shoes shown have pointy, sexy toes. I’m so over the clunky, hoof-like footwear that has dominated the style scene for the last few years. Trying to find shoes that didn’t look like tree stumps was challenging, to say the least.

    • Style Intel | December 7th, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

      Ah yes, like Laduree macarons! A return to elegant women’s shoes is long overdue.