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Autumn-Winter 2013/14 

Stepping away from the Italian aesthetic; head designers, Maria Chiuri and Pierpaolo took inspiration from London tailoring, specifically Savile Row with a dash of ‘60s rock, creating a collection mirroring that London boy edge, and what a cocky boy he is.

Haute Couture dressings made this wearable collection a constant statement when it played on leather infused garments such as overcoats, raincoats and bespoke one-piece suits, that you knew this was a collection worth your time. A smooth black and grey toned collection, generous splashes of colour came in green and navy on check and houndstooth jumpers, suits, double-breasted jackets and even a cape.

With so much given already, Valentino introduced other textures and materials such as leather and fur, which played under suits (and under that, crisp white collar shirts and slim black ties, of course) and jackets where the gloss could have you thinking it was rubber.

The triumph of this collection was not so much in the silhouettes, but the brands security in their inspiration and with that confident step forward comes the admiration and understanding of why Valentino is such a revered and cherished brand.

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Written by Tobias Orrells

Tobias Orrells graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in International Journalism, however, steering away from news, has focused his creativity to reporting on the progression of men’s fashion. He is an avid writer and lover of fashion and music and combining the two helps create the icon profiles. Looking after the Catwalk Yourself Icons biographies

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