The Valentino Style: Basic Colors, Clear Silhouettes, Timeless Elegance

Valentino, the fashion designer who once fiercely said “I make dresses for women who actually wear them”, left his company an enduring legacy: timeless elegant femininity. Here you find the brand’s ten more distinctive classics, that remain emblematic until today.

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During the forty-five years of his career, the Roman fashion designer Valentino Garavani was known for a particular attribute: his pieces seemed to effortlessly fulfil the demanding needs of utterly refined women. Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Sophia Loren were just some of Valentino’s clients, known for their exquisite taste, their elegant femininity, and their iconic fashion status to this day. The Valentino fashion house is nowadays under the creative direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli, an artist who achieved to maintain the core of the Valentino brand alive: a Valentino fashion piece is still considered to be thoroughly elegant, but never pretentious, flattering, but never excessive, luxurious, but never exaggerated.


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Valentinos’s statement in the 2007 movie “Valentino: The Last Emperor” seems to still be anchored in the creative devise of the house: “I make dresses for women who actually wear them”. The palpable proof of this work ethos can be seen and felt every season anew in the harmonious silhouettes, the perfect lines, the pure color hues, the versatile prints, and the high-end fabric blends that make each Valentino creation a perfectly wearable piece of art.



Below, you will find ten distinctive attributes of the ready-to-wear Valentino creations, that make the brand unmistakable every season anew. Since the Valentino silhouettes are clearly unequivocal, we focus our choice on the colours and discover that not only the legendary “Valentino red” deserves an iconic status: Valentino’s use of pure black, white, pink, and blue, as well as the fancy prints, the flared details, and the quintessential cape silhouettes are as archetypal for the brand, as well!

1. VALENTINO’S RED

The bright poppy red hue that became a house’s trademark, was inspired by a visit of Valentino to the opera in Barcelona as a very young man. Impressed by the voluptuous effect of the velvet red seats on the ladies’ looks, he considered this color as powerful and timeless as black and white. Since then, this enduring effect fo red can be rediscovered in the equally timeless Valentino silhouettes, either in classic A-lines, column, or princess cuts, with our without flared details in sleeves and skirts.

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2. VALENTINO’S WHITE

Ever since the legendary Valentino’s White Collection appeared in 1968, an immaculate white has been at the core of the brand identity. The pure white creations of the brand focus on clear lines, perfect silhouettes, and delicately flatters the figure of the woman who wears them. In addition to pure white, a classic of the Valentino puristic approach is a soft cream, as well. The clarity of both hues has an additional advantage: it underlines the luxurious quality of the fabrics, being the wool and silk blend a special highlight.

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3. VALENTINO’S BLACK

Black is one of the house’s most emblematic colors, applied like red and white for monochromatic looks in the most diverse silhouettes. Either as a straight line piece, an A-line silhouette, or a maxi dress, a Valentino creation in pure black often depicts slightly eye-catching details on sleeves, cuffs, or skirts, which gives the silhouette a magnetic presence by resolutely revealing the personality of the woman who wears it.

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4. VALENTINO’S PINK

A soft pink shade belong to Valentino’s most characteristic colors and has become a classic for the brand, as well. With a very soothing effect, and used either in linear silhouettes, or in A-shaped creations, the monochromatic look in a gentle Valentino pink is an essential piece for a woman with a weakness for tender femininity. Specially the creations with a powdery hue of pink easily remind of the fragile nature of delicate rose petals.

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5. VALENTINO’S BLUE

As a timeless color and the epitome of classic elegance, blue is a color that plays an important role in the Valentino universe every season anew. The diverse shades can go from a deep navy blue to sapphire, powdery, or cloudy blue tones. Their commonality is though the unmistakable clear Valentino silhouettes, either with flared details on sleeves and seams, with delicate lace applications, or more impressive cape contours.

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6. VALENTINO’S BLACK & WHITE

The accomplished combination of black and white -or black and ivory- in a single look is a timeless Valentino essential. The brand’s masterly use of these two extremes may appear either minimalistic, with a small splash of white on a pure black setting, or full of fantasy, with dynamic white floral or logo prints on a refined black background. The common denominator, though, is genuine sophistication.

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7. VALENTINO’S LOGO PRINTS

The Valentino logo-print creations in finest materials like silk and wool can be considered as the new classics of the brand and offer a broad variety of versions. The Valentino logo prints are reinvented every season anew, appearing at times tiny and delicate, at times large and impressive. In the unmistakable Valentino silhouettes, the logo-print looks are the best choice for the women who wish to enrich their timeless flair with surprising elements.

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8. VALENTINO’S FLORAL PRINTS

Always inspired by art and beauty, the floral prints of Valentino surprise every season anew with a refreshing sense of femininity. A Valentino’s floral printed fashion piece flaunts three perfectly integrated attributes: Joy, airiness, and vivacity. The floral prints are so diverse, that while the most nostalgic versions rather appeal to romantically minded ladies, their most graphic ones will conquer the hearts of the most dynamic personalities.

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9. VALENTINO’S CAPE SILHOUETTES

One of the classics silhouettes of Valentino is represented by a flawless interpretation of the cape dress. Specially in the puristic monochromatic versions, either in cream, white, red, pink, or even purple, these creations depict a strong character on their own. These exquisitely flowing pieces, made of the classic Valentino luxurious fabrics like silk or wool-blend, are perfect for women who wish to flaunt a very sophisticated self-confident flair.

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10. VALENTINO’S EMBLEMATIC SHOES AND BAGS

As an early contribution of Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri during their first years for Valentino, the Rockstud aesthetic emulates the pyramid-shaped bolts found on ancient Roman doors and embellishes the timeless Valentino Garavani bags and shoes line. A newer creation, different from the Rockstud aesthetic, but already owning an iconic character, is Valentino’s VLOGO, which adorns the Valentino Garavani items with a more essential approach.

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And what do you think? Are there other Valentino essentials that just should belong to this list? Share them with us!

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