High Fashion, College Wallet: Valentino

One of Valentino’s greatest assets is its ability to create memorable and distinct looks that when seen off the runway, are immediately recognized as a work of the Italian powerhouse. The Fall 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection is by no means an exception. Bold prints and eye-catching colors ruled the runway and influence from the 60s and 70s was quite apparent. However, these pieces are not quite accessible for those on a normal college budget. Nevertheless, with the help of various local retailers, the looks can be easily emulated.

This particular creation is a simple, yet elegant look that can be worn for a night out and can also be paired with a coat for colder temperatures. Even so, its versatile nature makes it perfect for students’ varying needs.



Starting from the top, ASOS’s Boxy Jacquard Spot Blouse for $57 is a perfect duplicate for the Valentino top. However, Forever 21 offers an even cheaper Flowy Woven Collared Popover for only $20.

Moving on to the lower portion of the look, countless skirts are offered to help create this look. If you’re willing to splurge, ASOS offers its Premium Bonded Midi Skirt in Color Block for $134. However, ASOS also offers a similar Colour Block Midi Skirt in Scuba for only $67. Charlotte Russe has many various color block skirts for only around $20. Have fun with different colors and try to construct your own version of the classic look.

For shoes, try Charlotte Russe’s Red Ankle Strap Lucite Pointed Cap-Toe Pumps for $30. For those who seek a black shoe, try GoJane’s Faux Patent Single Sole Heels for $33.

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To complete the 60s effect, use this helpful tutorial to recreate a low ponytail with a loose bouffant. Also add a clutch to the look, for example, the BCBGeneration Glitter Heart Clutch ($35) or the Urban Expressions Rosie Clutch ($30), both from DSW. Keep the make up to a minimum and try a nude or light pink lipstick to cap off the look.

Sixties fashion has continued to make its comeback in recent seasons and Valentino has offered its own perspective on the era as well. Many looks from this collection are chic but also simple enough that college students such as ourselves are able to recreate them without completely emptying our wallets.


Jessica Rahmoune is a contributing writer. Email her at bstyle@nyunews.com.

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