Sunday, May 9, 2010

Valentino's Deep Sea Dance

Photo: Fred Hsu, Monterey Bay Aquarium

Watching the models float down the runway at Valentino's F/W 2010 show was like spending the afternoon at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Each semi-transparent, airy design with rippled, vertical frill glided with fluid movement, reminiscent of the expanding and contracting motions of the majestic sea nettle. These graceful phantom-like creatures are ocean vagabonds, drifting weightlessly with the currents and tides. While structurally simple, they are radially symmetrical with ribbon-like tentacles and lacy, pointed oral arms that spiral out. And, while the sea nettle may be a sight to behold, I can only imagine how a Valentino gown feels to wear. (Probably a lot nicer than floating in one, you think?)