In a Paris season that, at times, risked being overshadowed by the supposed show-down between new heads of design at the houses of Dior and Saint Laurent, it might have been easy to overlook some of the less dramatic developments on and off the catwalk. Yesterday however, the clever design duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino presented their audience with a masterclass in elegant restraint, creating an oh-so accessible ready-to-wear collection including major accessories, that's bound to be snapped up by fashion fans across the globe.
For next spring, the brand vision means a muted colour palette of nude beige, petrol blue, and of course the odd flash of the signature Valentino house red. We have no doubts that the mini transparent perspex beaded clutches will be the new sought-after piece for the new season, while the finale of deeply glamourous floorlength gowns are destined for the starriest of red carpets. Valentino at its finest.
Meanwhile, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen certainly didn't disappoint with her bee-inspired collection. Honeycomb tiles hinted at the theme, while the buzzing swarm soundtrack and dreamy bee footage on the massive catwalk screen further added to the busy drama of the soon-to-be-iconic new collection.
With tortoishell cuffs and corsets, tight brocade pants cropped above the signature McQueen heels sent down the runway, the final flurry of statement gowns topped was gasp-inducing from first to very last exit.
Perhaps a little more directional for Sarah's most famous customer, Kate Middleton, we're sure these stand-out pieces will be topping fashion editors' wishlists across the globe.
And closing Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013, and a huge month full of fashion shows, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu and Elie Saab are up next. Keep an eye on