Valentino – at the hands of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli – has taken a bit of a… sinister turn. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, I suppose, as this transition is taking the once fantasy-like ballgowns into something a bit more, emepheral, if you will. As to whether I would have worn Valentino then or now is irrelevant. But I do appreciate the gothic elements. However, I’m not crazy about the `60s inspired theme that reaps throughout the resort collection. The way I feel about it, Chiuri and Piccioli have already moved two steps forward, so keep moving. There’s few that can master the art of faux-60s fashion, Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga at the helm, so it’s a tricky area if you’re still feeling your way. I do apprecate the ruffles and graphic prints in this collection. The lace embellishments also very Courtney Love-esq: bold, waif, and free.