Valentino cruise collection, 2013.

This is more art than fashion. Even from the internet I can see the detail in the full-skirt of this Valentino gown from the 2013 cruise collection. The appliquĂ© and embroidery used in this piece is amazing, the silhouette is stunning and the bright colours are unexpected, but gorgeous. Valentino has always been a fashion power-house, since Valentino Garavani the man himself, left the fashion house in 2008, new designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have struggled to fill the enormous shoes left by Garavani. In Paris at the Haute Couture shows in 2009, U.K. newspaper ‘The Guardian’ claimed the duo ‘disappointed’ with their collection. Yet slowly, over the past few years, the duo have slowly built up a strong label again, although they may never rival Garavani himself, they have surely come close with this latest cruise collection.