Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have reignited fashion’s infatuation with decadent embellishment and romantic artistry. For their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, the duo weaved a performance as elaborate and breathtaking as the operatic drama that had first inspired. The scale of decoration alone deserves a standing ovation, but when paired with crisp poplin shirts and cropped khaki pants, creates an ensemble that is both classic and couture. While heavy embroidery and fringed suede feels closer to fall than spring, Maria and Pierpaolo’s shortened hems and lace gowns evoked glamorous travel and summer soirees. With all 73 looks paired with a studded leather alice band and golden scarab sandal, the collection is a reminder that every woman needs a perfectly Italian Valentino.