Italian design duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli kept their strict, high collars on but eased their conservative designs, using sheer materials, pencil-thin see-through seams and tiny transparent cutouts.
Some of the looks released a subtle yet powerful sex appeal, including one model who wore a knee-length red leather coat.
Elsewhere, diaphanous see-through outer garments in black tulle really worked well in bringing home the collection's message of provocative shyness.
Some of the outfits sported front bibs — wavy silk U-shaped bands — Valentino's more conservative version of the on-trend ruffle shown by Riccardo Tisci's show for Givenchy.
Two gorgeous red silk dresses appeared at the end, evoking the spirit of the house DNA.
Founder Valentino Garavani, 80, was seated in the front row and applauded thunderously when the show ended.
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