Fashion Flashback: Valentino Fall 2010

Currently I am obsessed with ruffles. I want a bit of flounce on almost every skirt and a frill on blouses, whether that be on the collar or cuff. The feminine, romantic touch is standard Valentino. Given the controversy surrounding the brand for the past few seasons (repeated cultural appropriation with no attempt to understand the problem from the two designers really isn’t helping), I thought it would be nice to highlight a perhaps better season for the brand. The ad campaign which accompanies this show features models like Freja Beha and Jac Jagaciak in black and white. The shots are so pretty.

The colour palette of the collection is full of soft tones, dusky pinks, and an occasional splash of red. Although this show was in 2010, many pieces are still relevant today. I think fashion is moving faster than ever. Trends and cycles that used to take decades to repeat are coming back quicker than anyone could imagine. Just recently, Givenchy, Altuzarra and Lanvin showed skirts with ruffles; for the Spring 2016 ruffles were hailed as a big trend once again. Fortunately (if you want to get involved) it is a trend that retailers have chosen to run with: see this grey skirt (£15) or this camel skirt (£18), both from Missguided.

A little bit of sheer with a ruffle goes a long way for me. I love a delicate, feminine look every so often and I think this show is full of them.

Eve Gardiner is the founder and content creator behind evegardiner.com

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