Yesterday, Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli unveiled their highly-anticipated, exclusive haute couture collection for New York City in celebration of their new Fifth Avenue flagship. The show, which was held at the former Whitney Museum of Art, was the first-ever Valentino couture showing in New York. The result was an absolutely stunning array of 47 snow white looks, inspired by Valentino Garavani‘s famous 1968 all-white collection. Jackie Kennedy wore one of the dresses from that first white collection on her wedding day to Aristotle Onassis.
The late ’60s, early ’70s silhouettes would have looked just as chic on Jackie as they will on women now, which is more than can be said for some other designers’ interpretations of the era. The precision with which the fabrics were cut and the incredible delicacy of the lace that went into the gowns and dresses are everything that a couture client could hope for. Every single piece in this collection is a must-have—but you’ll need the absolute deepest pockets to afford it, darlings! Going by the prices of Valentino’s ready-to-wear gowns (a fall 2014 storm-blue tulle gown inspired by Italian artist Giosetta Fioroni is just shy of $17,000 on Net-A-Porter), the haute couture looks from this collection will cost a very pretty penny.