Painted Python & Lace: Introducing Valentino’s Boot Couture Collection

9 7 2011

Valentino Boot Couture, 212 872 8947

Couture isn’t a word we use lightly.

And so when Valentino approached us with their Boot Couture Collection, the idea of a couture boot was met with an almost-raised brow.  However that’s precisely what Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have introduced: couture boots.  Just like Valentino’s semi-annually presented couture collection, each piece is painstakingly considered and crafted — often employing technique used in the drifting, dreamy confections presented each couture season.  Like the bodice of a Valentino dress, each pair of boots is hand-seamed, allowing for unique touches and delicate imperfections.  Python styles are bleached before artisans hand-paint each pair in deep hues of navy, chocolate and toffee; while its delicate counterparts are composed of French lace overlayed on a stiff net frame inset on a d’orsay frame, allowing one’s calf and arch to peek ever-so-slightly from behind a gauzy screen.  Its final effect feels a bit like peering from behind a lace mask.  The results are feminine yet strangely edgy, closely following the aesthetic that Chiuri and Piccioli introduced when taking the helm of Valentino a few years ago, while maintaining the degree of attention devoted to their couture collections.

Just like all couture collections, each style is unique and almost out-of-reach: just a few pairs are available in the United States, most of which can only be found on our Second Floor.  Fortunately for you, Shoe Snob’s Tina Craig is joining us this Saturday afternoon to fete Chiuri and Piccioli as they debut their Boot Couture Collection in our newly-expanded Shoe Salon.  Shoe obsessions have no bounds… won’t you come join us?

 

Join Shoe Snob’s Tina Craig as she celebrates the debut of the Valentino Boot Couture Collection with Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli
Saturday, September 10
2-3pm
Second Floor
212 872 8940

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