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Valentino haute couture S/S 2014 animal prints charm at Paris Couture Week

Italian designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli presented their Valentino haute couture Spring/Summer 2014 collection in a runway show during Paris Couture Week on January 22, 2014 in Paris, France.

Highlights from the Valentino runway during Paris Couture Week Spring/Summer 2014 on January 22, 2014 in Paris, France
Highlights from the Valentino runway during Paris Couture Week Spring/Summer 2014 on January 22, 2014 in Paris, FranceSofiaAmbrosia with photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
Animal prints on the Valentino runway during Paris Couture Week Spring/Summer 2014 on January 22, 2014 in Paris, France.
Animal prints on the Valentino runway during Paris Couture Week Spring/Summer 2014 on January 22, 2014 in Paris, France.Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Chiuri and Piccioli offer a neutral palette mostly of cream, browns and beiges, grey and black for their latest Valentino collection, with animal prints and a variety of artistic animals-in-the-jungle tableaux, as though in some Rousseau painting, peppered throughout among the pretty florals and lace.

Surprisingly, there’s even an Orient-inspired pajama suit with crane print. And Valentino’s black and white musical note dress definitely brings a smile to your face. So there’s something for all tastes yet the playfulness and fantasy of the animal scenes cannot be downplayed.

Maria Grazia Chiuri herself came out to greet the crowd in a rather lovely beaded and embroidered coat with a silky bottlegreen lining that topped a simple yet chic black sheath, while Pier Paolo Piccioli looked elegant by her side in his black and white suit ensemble.

Enjoy the Valentino haute couture Spring/Summer 2014 slideshow and embedded video…