The VALENTINO woman has evolved over the last few years under the direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. She’s young and hip and looks to VALENTINO for directional statement pieces. The collection presented yesterday will give her plenty of options. Given this is haute couture, there were a number of gorgeous goddess themed gowns to choose from with embroidery, paillettes and tulle worthy of the trade, but the simple, unadorned dresses spoke volumes on restrained elegance and targeted the new VALENTINO woman. The waist was the focus, neatly criss-crossed and wrapped with half-tied ribbon-like belts. No matter the length, floor sweeping or thigh-high, flat grecian style sandals with thin leather strips wrapped up the leg were paired with every look. Many pieces felt more ready-to-wear than haute couture in their simplicity and combined with barely-there makeup and casual flats continue a theme of couture with ease seen throughout the week.