Spring/Summer 2015 Valentino Couture

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Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were inspired by love in its purest form for their spring/summer 2015 couture show – and took us on a journey through time exploring this idea.

The collection danced between the modern – with poems appliquéd onto dresses in “pure elemental colours” – and the historical in the form of a sea-foam-billowing velvet dress with a ruffled chiffon collar.

And this is a combination that has very much become the language of the house. The duo manage confidently to walk the delicate line between fantasy and reality, their excellent use of artisan technique never more apparent than at couture when you can feel the handwork in the embroidery just at a glance.

And among this all came standout pieces in the shape of sheepskin refashioned as a corset and skirt ensemble, and a red velvet dress adorned with embroidered angel wings.

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Spring/Summer 2015 Valentino

FOLLOWING on from their couture collection, which channelled the Pre-Raphaelites,  Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented a collection that took its cue from the 18th century tradition of the Grand Tour, a trip taken by young Europeans to explore the art, culture and traditions of Italy. Rome and all-out classicism, views, ruins, and souvenirs were all tapped, even, right down to a soundtrack that felt like a tourist board melody and a palette that in parts looked to be informed by Neopolitan ice-cream – a fluttery sheer silk dress floated its way around the body in vanilla, strawberry and chocolate stripes.

It was romantic, artisanal and all out beautiful – from the simplicity of those double linen coats and backless pinafores, to the overwhelming intricacies of their eveningwear (as usual, it was one look more breathtaking than the next). Gowns were embroidered in wispy gold starfish, or watery seascapes, elsewhere, they came heavily encrusted with feathers, bugle beads and embroideries and shuffled barely an inch off the floor (a Valentino hemline is a thing of absolute precision and perfection).

What is perhaps even more remarkable than all that finery, and that extreme level of craftsmanship – which it’s no exaggeration to say is comparable to couture – is that these clothes are imbued with such a sunny youthfulness, everything is apparently so effortless to wear. Those scarf print silk jumpsuits and devastatingly pretty white eyelet lace dresses and skirts are the sort of summer pieces one could happily slip into in five seconds flat – and go anywhere.

It was all anchored with flat knee-high gladiator sandals – ideal for exploring the ruins, perhaps – some boasted dangling charms that looked like they had been picked up while browsing bazaars. Half-up, half-down hair was intertwined with precious gold marine trinkets such as seashells and starfish. Spectacular.

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Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Valentino Couture


SET in the exquisite Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Valentino’s autumn/winter 2014 couture show was a clear case of all roads lead to Rome.

Staged on a runway of tree trunk brown bark surrounded by living walls, the impact of Italy’s ancient city was clear, with Centurion nymphs – clad in flat gladiatorial sandals, barely-there yoga dresses, leather-belted tunics and the simplest middle-parted hair – whisking towards the photographer pit. But while this imbued a stripped-back, easy element, the collection was anything but.

Decadent layers appliquéd with black and gold sculpted flowers found in many a Roman fountain were in abundance; prints mirrored the tiles of the Vatican floor; and the girls themselves resembled the sculpted stone goddesses from the banks of the River Tiber, frozen in time and eternally elegant. And it wasn’t just an ode to the ancient Italian city, but to its traditions as well. Spliced-neck dresses and twinsets were covered in typical intrecciato weaves and intricate gold lacework showed off the skill and detail with which creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli work, always raising the bar, be it haute couture or ready-to-wear which, incidentally, this could in parts pass as.

Valentino Garavani himself – sandwiched front row between Kim Kardashian and Carine Roitfeld – was done proud tonight, in what was one of – if not the – most cohesive and well-executed shows this season. Utterly chic in its update of ancient icons, it was a sensational way to round off Couture Fashion Week.

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