There's no doubt about it: The biggest trend in fashion right now is the color pink. Blush, hot pink, that pale rosy hue nicknamed, of late, "millennial pink"—pick your poison. There's plenty of pink to go around. And that's true, as well, of the Valentino archives: Many of Mr. Valentino most spectacular creations were executed in that traditionally oh-so-feminine color.
You need search no further than the cover of the tome Valentino: Themes and Variations (Rizzoli) for a prime example. So extraordinary was the work on Mr. Valentino's matching crepe column gown and cape of organdy petals, from his Fall/Winter 2007/2008 Haute Couture collection, that this all-pink look muscled aside others in signature Valentino red for pride of place in the companion volume to the Valentino retrospective at London's Somerset House. And the same extraordinary craftsmanship can be found in a gown of earlier vintage—his strapless, ombre pink gown from Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1991/1992, which features a skirt blooming with candy pink and fuchsia roses.
Other instance of Mr. Valentino's genius with pink abound, from his feather-embellished salmon-toned gown from his Fall/Winter 1974/75 Haute Couture collection, to the draped panels of mulitcolor pink chiffon contributing to the geometric pattern of a Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1986/87 gown, to the taffeta and chiffon gown from the Spring/Summer 2003 Haute Couture collection, with its skirt of crystal-punctuated pleated pink flowers. As far as these looks go, pink isn't trendy—it's timeless.
Haute Couture Fall/ Winter 2007/08. Photo by Andrea Klarin
Mariacarla Boscono wearing Haute Couture Spring/ Summer 2003