Red Valentino Fall 2013: Hansel & Gretel

Juuuuust in-case you haven’t witnessed my obsession over anything princess and fairytale-like, let’s have a little show & tell with with Red Valentino‘s Fall 2013 RTW collection.


When designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri tell a fashion fairytale, it’s nothing short of beautiful and whimsical. For Valentino’s younger line, Red Valentino, the duo was inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s fable “Hansel and Gretel”. The collection is full of youthful charm and playful, folkloric elements from the story’s German roots.

Gretel being the muse for several looks, every look from head-to-toe was clearly designed for the girliest of girls. You can see a knit corset with a peplum that was paired with a full skirt, reminiscent of a dirndl (traditional German dresses). Little black dresses were trimmed with innocent floral ribbons, while full petticoated silk skirts were adorned in ‘marzipan’ and ‘gingerbread’ house hand-painted prints. Ah-mazing. They didn’t forget about Hansel though, who provided design cues for the hunting jackets in menswear-influenced plaids and houndstooth prints. Capes and cropped leather toggle coats were truly made for modern-day heroes and heroines. Take a look at the backdrop – the perfect way to complete a fairytale collection!

Some may find this collection to be a bit costumey, but I personally love the fairytale incorporation into the modern, fashion world. Just makes life a bit more fancy. I’ll have every single outfit, please & thank you!

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