Art, Fashion

Valentino Fall Couture 2011

what i find pretty strange is that i’m often labelled as a fashion blogger – something i have never called myself. i don’t pretend to know anything about fashion, my knowledge of what goes on in the industry is on par with any other girl (or guy) that occasionally buys vogue or glances over the latest runway shows. my interest in it is purely aesthetic. sometimes it manifests itself in what i choose to wear, though i’d like to think that a person’s taste develops over the years rather than being plucked from the pages of a magazine or whatever trend is running rampant on the runways.

i hope that this blog is more than just a ‘fashion blog’ to you too. i don’t go by any kind of formula for what i choose to post – some weeks there are more fashion posts than anything else, mostly because i’m kind of a tart for a well cut blouse and a nice handbag… just felt i needed to get that off my chest before delving into the Valentino Couture collection. hah!

this has to be my favourite of all the couture collections… except maybe maybe maybe for Givenchy – though, i did not revisit it as much as I did Valentino. i’m not easily swayed by anything too pretty, girly or flouncy when it comes to designer gowns (or clothes in general) – so this collection really hits all the right notes with its medieval & gothic influences.

runway images courtesy of vogue and image credits from top to bottom: NYPL one & two ; Peacay ; Botticelli ; Piero della Francesca ; Giovanni Bellini

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  • Reply eblouissante Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 8:06 am

    Wonderful post! I’ve been following your blog for ages but this is my first comment. (sorry!) I never quite understood the appeal of couture but your juxtapositions with medieval art have really helped me appreciate the elegance of these creations (: And no, I certainly don’t think of you as merely a fashion blogger – in fact, I love your photography and music posts just as much and quite possibly more!

  • Reply wolf eyebrows Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Love this post. You are definitely not just a fashion blogger. Most fashion bloggers just repost images, but by creating beautiful creative comparisons you make us see fashion in an entirely different way. Well done Miss Moss!

  • Reply Lies Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Your medieval/gothic references are definitely spot-on. Their hairdos are amazing by the way!

  • Reply Feminine Touch Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 10:23 am

    The Emperor is not dead ;)

  • Reply Penelope Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Mon Dieu! Wie kathedralisch…

  • Reply Ginta Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Haute Couture is the real form of the art of fashion!

  • Reply Asubiame Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 12:29 pm


    You are an inspiration in so many different ways,not only as “fashion blogger”!!!
    One of my faves!!!!!

  • Reply ania Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    you made a cool thing here.

  • Reply andrea Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    well, i for one have never considered you to be strictly a fashion blogger! you have so much else going on over here.

    and i LOVE how medieval these are!!! my absolute favorite is the second one down, on the right – the cut is amazing!

  • Reply máni Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    hi diana, i put your blog in the ‘lifestyle’ folder of my bookmarks. i know, i don’t really like that word, but i just didn’t know where else to put it. ;) you cover so many aspects of design/art/life…and that’s what makes your blog so inspiring. you always pick the best cherries! :)

  • Reply pamela Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    I have been drooling over this collection since I first saw it.
    I could live in those clothes.

  • Reply nina Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    this is my favourite comparison ever!

  • Reply Sweet Freak Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    In a word, fabulous!

  • Reply ShoeGal Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I agree with Mani, I actually have it the same way.

    This is a great post! I love the connections that you made.

  • Reply laurakitty Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    This was definitely my favourite couture collection as well- possibly my favourite collection of any type for the last few years. Every piece seemed to have purpose, a reason for existing that belied the deep research and thought that went into each design. Your juxtapositions are very smart, very correct…

  • Reply Sam Wednesday 27 July, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Oh my, the gown with bows all the way down the back is so stunning.

    Just so you know, your blog is like a scrapbook to me where I can find lovely things that inspire me, be it music, fashion, art, or whatever else you might share. I love it. Hands down my favourite blog actually!

  • Reply Lorena Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 3:27 am

    You’re so much more than a fashion blogger. Thanks for taking me back to fashion history class with these great references!

  • Reply mad Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 5:03 am

    This is fantastic. Thanks for doing this, it clearly was a labor of love.

  • Reply A.F. Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 6:25 am

    I love this post! It really made me think about the collection in a different way. I really do like your blog! Your fashion editorials are my favorite though. However, fashion is so much more about clothes. It’s about history, art, emotion, etc. It really is such a human experience. I think people become frightened about fashion.

    It’s all about point of view!

  • Reply CANDY PING PONG Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 9:06 am

    Hi Diana, to me your blog is truly more than just a fashion blog!
    I love how you’re always focused on details!

    Your blog is one of the most inspiring ones to me!

    Thank you for sharing all the wonderful inspiration!

  • Reply Sorella Design Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    We love this post!

  • Reply carina Thursday 28 July, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    I don’t know what I would label you as, since I don’t believe in labelling neither people nor blogs. I think people call it a fashion blog if the fashion posts are what makes them return. I like all your posts, but I’m especially a sucker for the colour comparisons since I love art. So if I did divide my blog links into groups, I think I would have to call you an art blog – but your blog is obviously so much more

  • Reply hélène Friday 29 July, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I actually don’t think of your blog as a fashion one either, although I appreciate your sensibility in that area just as much as in others. I often go to it when I feel on the down side, it’s a great place to get inspired in so many ways- precisely because it’s eclectic. so thank you!

    and, beautiful post, love the medieval parallels!

  • Reply Garcia Lorca Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Love this post! However, minus the braiding detail, the fourth gown strikes me as more Missoni than medieval.

  • Reply Bridget Saturday 30 July, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Lady, what you have is an eye for things. All things, not just fashion. You must have a good pictorial/sculptural memory as well, with how well you put things together. I love it.

  • Reply Beatrice Sunday 31 July, 2011 at 12:27 am

    “i’m kind of a tart for a well cut blouse and a nice handbag…”

    I want some variation of this on my headstone.

    Also, LOVE this Valentino collection. I like imagining myself as a person of entertainment importance, attending a highly photographed event wearing one of these gowns.

    Isn’t just imaging that scene some variation of The Secret? Oh, I hope so.

  • Reply mathew Monday 1 August, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    wow what you have done here is extremely damn cool!

  • Reply The Indulgent Wednesday 10 August, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    so simple but bring the collection to life so much… clever! x

  • Reply alexandra Sunday 14 August, 2011 at 11:46 am

    love this blog^^

  • Reply rosa Wednesday 26 October, 2011 at 12:01 am

    The clothes are beautiful, and so clever to blend in the pictures which are perfect, v. cool.

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