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Valentino delivers delicacy in lace and tulle at Paris Fashion Week

Like the tenuous light from a flickering candle,Valentino's spring-summer collection was all shadows and transparency.

Like the tenuous light from a flickering candle,Valentino’s spring-summer 2010 ready-to-wear collection of nude tulle and antique lace was all shadows and transparency.

Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli,who took over from Valentino’s successor less than a year after the maestro’s retirement in early 2008,continued Tuesday to sharpen their own vision of the Valentino woman.

“She’s kind of a delicate,romantic contemporary fairy princess who’s walking in this digital enchanted garden,wearing blossoms,with this sense of lightness … but also with the darkness,” Piccioli told reporters in a backstage interview after the show.

He said the aim was to infuse looks built out of the most delicate of fabrics – sheer mesh,lace and featherweight chiffon – with a sense of darkness and mystery.

The cocktail dresses were a delicate swirl of lace and stiff,oversized ruffles in the front,with nude backs and short pouffy skirts. Standouts included a jacket in translucent silk covered with silken rosebuds and a jumpsuit in sheer black silk.

All Valentino’s trademark elements were there – the oversized bows,the swirling roses – except for the color red,which has become all but synonymous with the label. Chiuri and Piccioli worked in a reduced palette of black,nude,gray and dusty pink,as they did with the label’s fall-winter 2010 haute couture collection in July.

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The shoes were an engineering feat,designed by British hatmaker Philip Treacy. Fans of stiff black lace swept upward from the vertiginous heels like sugar crystals.