This was a new kind of couture show for Valentino, one without Valentino himself. It was the first time designer, Alessandra Facchinetti has touched couture. Not only does she have the pressure to fill the shoes of a legendary designer, she has to fill his couture shoes as well....not an easy feat. It is nice to see fresh blood take on such a heavy-laden role of Haute Couture designer and it will be interesting to watch her couture career. The first collection was not stellar to say the least, out of the 36 looks only 5 made my favorite list, but the first usually never is.