Paris fashion week: Valentino ditches aristocrat look for ethnic vibe
PARIS (AP) - Valentino put its typical Italian aristocratic look on hold this season to channel Balkan-style ethnic patterns in its spring-summer 2014 preview show.
It was clear from the discordant musical mix in Paris - which flitted between arias from Bellini's Norma and Puccini's Tosca to syncopated contemporary bass beats - that designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were determined to try something new.
"Opera blends with the street," the programme notes said.
With a clean white shirt and a couple of pairs of shorts, it felt like the designers were trying to loosen up their silhouette a bit Tuesday to show some street cred. A rather incongruous series in leopard print lost this message, however.