V is for Valentino

NEW YORK, June 11, 2012
By Nicole Phelps

Andy Warhol’s portrait paintings line Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli’s mood board for Resort. The artist’s neon pinks, sky blues, and electric oranges all came together on their show-opening long tulle dress appliquéd with lace flowers, while its silhouette—the high neck, the long sleeves, the full skirt—could’ve belonged to one of his sitters. Nan Kempner, maybe, or Marisa Berenson.

The designers see both the Pop colors and the sixties shapes as antidotes of sorts to our current hard times. The clothes are surely uplifting, not only because they’ve been constructed to be almost weightless, but also because MG and PP are so focused on their clients’ pleasure. The single pantsuit in the collection came in a leopard print, and exquisite guipure lace meant there was little that was workaday about their button-down blouses. Where these clothes will be getting a workout is on the party circuit. One of the first to hit the red carpet will be the black tulle gown with the leather bodice. Warhol, we’ve no doubt, would’ve loved it.

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