Red Valentino’s Gingerbread Cottage

“About noon they saw a pretty sn0w-white bird sitting on a bough, and singing so sweetly that they stopped to listen. And when he had finished the bird spread his wings and flew before them, and they followed after him until they came to a little house, and the bird perched on the roof, and when they came nearer they saw that the house was built of bread, and roofed with cakes; and the window was of transparent sugar.”

Grimm’s Household Stories, translated by Lucy Crane


Red Valentino’s Hansel and Gretel-inspired collection for Fall 2013 

Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri invited us to their fairy tale cottage for a Hansel and Gretel-inspired folkloric reverie yesterday to kick off New York Fashion Week. Amid the ocean of sportswear-inspired modernism that is to be expected at NYFW, this collection charmed that rather sizable part of me that is still the girlish naïf, forever captivated by fables, fairy tales and legends.

Red Valentino, like its big sister, is unapologetic about its commitment to loveliness. Bring on the bows, the roses, the babydoll dresses, the knee socks! Come forward, ye delicate knits, bell skirts, empire waists, and plaited hairdos! And to top it all off, set the collection against a wonderfully quaint illustrated background of the candy cottage from the Brothers Grimm legend. Twee? Maybe so. But all worth it, if it brings that girlish flush to my cheeks and that fairy tale twinkle back to my eye.


One Response to “Red Valentino’s Gingerbread Cottage”
  1. Jen Stone says:

    This collection is so your hemline and silhouette! Utterly charming and though not my hemline, I could sport the shorts and cozy coat look. Thanks for featuring this.

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