For Valentino's pre-fall collection, design duo Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri worked stretch wools and lace into pretty pleats and voluminous ruffles for an overall soft and feminine look. The palette was largely neutral, save a few crimson concoctions and a leopard trench. The shoes too, were delicate; instead of ridiculous platforms, Piccioli and Chiuri opted for a strappy sandal with just enough interest so as not to be overlooked. However, the much appreciated edge came courtesy of a supple leather mini skirt and plush fur coat. One of the best moments is when those two skins were combined for a mix-media chevron coat. Despite the lady like overtones, there was a strong sense of austerity. You can see it in the pulled back hair and pale make up, or in the near complete absence of prints. That restraint was something unexpected, fresh and paradoxically youthful. Paradoxes seem to be Piccioli and Chiuri's specialty. Enjoy!