Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fashion Week - Spring/Summer 2014 - Valentino

Ready-to-Wear • Spring/Summer 2014 • Fashion Week

Part 1 of 4

Over the last few months we’ve been combing through the Spring/Summer 2014 runways shows from Paris, Milan, London and New York looking for specific trends between the different designers.  Some of the main trends repeatedly seen between many shows were peasant themed clothing, cape dresses, matching separates, crop tops and floral prints.  A few other things we think will be trending during this summers film festival are balancing delicate with tuff, rugged worn denim, fringe bags, prints, specifically animal and floral and asymmetrical jackets.

Because there are so many designers we decided to pick our favorite from each of the four fashion weeks.  The next four days will showcase these designers and how you can master their looks for less.  We are starting with our favorite, Valentino.  


Paris was all about Valentino.  Creative Director’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were well appointed when Valentino decided to retire in 2007.   We can’t wait to see what they bring to the table over the next several years.  For the Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear (RTW) show they nailed everything from the clothing, to the accessories, to the hair, to the makeup.

Runway Look #1

We love the peasant blouse and wide leg animal print pants.  However, these pants really shine when paired with a fitted knit sweater, rather than a baggy cotton button up.  

To fully encompass the vibe of Valentino's Spring/Summer 2014 RTW collection we decided to go with a more fitted peasant blouse, paired with an almost identical pant and a black fringe handbag. 

Runway Look for Less

Top • Frill Collar Lace Blouse - Topshop - $60∞
Hangbag •  Fringed Crossbody Bag - Anthropologie - $168∞
Pants • Wayf º Graphic Print Wide Leg Pants - Nordstrom - $58∞

Runway Look #2

The cape dress is huge and we like any take on this style.  The look we found is a crop top dress with half cape down the back.  The crop top and open back make this the perfect summer dress.  

Runway Look for Less

Dress • d.RA Jori ˚ Maxi Dress - Urban Outfitters - $129∞

Runway Look #3

The print on the Medallion-Print Bambolina Mini Dress by Valentino is very unique.  Trying to find a dress as in the now and yet so timeless was not an easy task.  But we love the looks we found for less.  The Tile Print Tunic dress from Topshop has a pattern similar to the subtlety of the Valentino dress.  On the other hand we love the playful elephant pattern on the Ellie Love dress from local boutique Molly Green.  

See the Spotlight Boutique segment at the end of this post for more about this fun spot.

Runway Look for Less

Dress • Tile Print Tunic – Topshop - $68∞           Dress • Ellie Love Dress – Molly Green - $76∞ 

Watch the full 2014 Spring/Summer RTW Valentino fashion show here.



Molly Green is a fun local boutique in Hoover, AL with a storefront inside the Galleria Mall.  The stores owner Brittany Miller Hartwell and her sister Anna Marie Miller are not afraid to think outside of the box and try new things.  The staff is also extremely friendly and helpful in putting together outfits.   

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