Resort 2014: Valentino

by Amanda Perez

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Valentino’s 2014 Resort collection is a blend of sophistication and fun. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli used traditional prep-school looks and bohemian style to create a unique collection. Mini dresses paired with knee-high boots represent nostalgia for the schoolgirl uniform.  Chiuri and Piccioli use nautical colors and big buttons for their schoolgirl-inspired looks. Neon colors paired with lace, camo, and floral prints reveal the bold bohemian alter ego of the schoolgirl. Valentino’s neon and neutral looks stick to the high-collar trend in many of the 2014 Resort collections we have seen thus far, such as Temperley London, Sea, Misha Nonoo, and Alice + Olivia.

Only two pieces in the collection lack a high-collar, a strapless ethereal green ankle-length dress and an embroidered nude strappy gown. My favorite looks include a long-sleeved ankle-length dress, with an ornate floral print. A loose-fitting white t-shirt over embroidered white shorts is divine. I like the idea that the schoolgirl ends up returning to her neutral uniform colors rather than being bold in neon. Surprisingly, Valentino included denim in the collection, which fit well with both uniform-inspired looks—and the schoolgirl’s alter ego.

Valentino never disappoints. The mixture of traditional and young was just right for a Resort collection, and pairing conservative-fitting necklines with short hemlines fit the collection’s theme beautifully.