Belting, cinching, cutouts, and more… Valentino’s Fall 2014 RTW Show features a defined waist and serious attitude!

Fall is just around the corner and the Fall RTW shows were a mixed bag of styles, tones, and attitudes. One of my favorites is always the Valentino show — and this season was no exception!

The pieces that walked the runway were elegant, fluid, and sensuous, but ultimately very wearable. And, one of my favorite trends from Valentino was the defined waist. From cinching, to belting, to cut outs, to a wonderful ballet toe shoe-inspired lace-up effect, a defined (and tiny!) natural waist was one the predominant features highlighted throughout the show.

Below are some of my favorite pieces.  Now, I’m headed downstairs to the gym for a serious round of crunches and ab work…

Valentino, Fall RTW black and white wrap


Valentino, Fall RTW red wrap gown


Valentino, Fall RTW LBD with cut outs


Valentino, Fall RTW, white goddess cocktail dress


Valentino, Fall RTW beige 1-shoulder gown


Valentino, Fall RTW 2 piece wrap


Valentino, Fall RTW white short 2 piece


Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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