Chiuri and Piccioli found inspiration on Mick and Bianca, Studio 54 and the spirit of the eighties for Valentino's 2012 Pre-Fall collection. Luckily for us, the duo included four bags and because Valentino's non-season seasons and real season bags are almost the same, this gives us a small idea of how some of the Fall/Winter bags will be: clean lines, classic shapes, frames, smooth leathers and animal prints. Maybe it's not the fiesta-for-the-eyes we usually get from this fashion powerhouse, but this collection makes me wonder if there will be a classic-Valentino revival... they included one of those money-making Rockstuds and a VaVaVoom, but let's focus on the other two, shall we?
For fall/winter the designing duo at the fashion house presented a collection with accessories that reflected what the regular Valentino customer has been questioning for the past seasons: How many studded bags and shoes can a woman have? And their answer was: some. Editing the amount of pyramid studs in bags was a smart move that reminded everybody their purpose-they are meant to be nice embellishments enframing gorgeous materials-and the change was refreshing.
Ladylike bags and clutches made of nappa, calfskin, ponyhair and snakeskin in black, red, moka and pink were less "rock" and more "exquisite"... exquisite indeed.