Six short years after Valentino’s (formally, Valentino Clemente Ludovico Garavani) official retirement and his last haute couture show presented in Paris at the Musée Rodin on January 23, 2008, the design house hasn’t skipped a beat under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. The hot pair have kept Valentino at the top of the fashion “food” chain. They each studied at the European Institute of Design in Rome, later crossing paths at Fendi, which must have been destiny as it is said they work very well together. Valentino had the foresight to nab the pair for Valentino, harnessing their talent just in time for the twilight of his career and aligning a smooth transition to hand over the reigns to them. He was right to do so and they haven’t skipped a beat.
This season’s line had a Moroccan, Bohemian, sixties, flower child flair to it, but also with a lot of Roman elements complete with the hot tie up sandals.
The dynamic duo, who have a distinctive way of modernizing formal dressing, showed multiple looks in what looked like denim, including an oversize Peter Pan collar jacket, wide-leg cropped flares and high-waisted shorts.
ROMAN HOLIDAY with a Russian Flair:
PETER PAN A LA JACKIE O (From the designer who actually designed her wedding dress, remember):
CANDID BACKSTAGE SHOTS:
The big takeaway was that frilly, feminine dresses — ruffles and all — don’t need to be sickly sweet. An assortment of sherberts’ were simply feminine and pretty, which also made them unexpectedly cool.
OCEANS 2015…Chiuri and Piccioli were said to be inspired by the Grand Tour, a trip 18th century male British students would take throughout Europe after graduating from Universities, so the looks were meant to coincide with a travel itinerary throughout Italy. For instance, seaside-inspired gowns were embroidered with starfish and seashells. This segment was the highlight of the line to me, with very vibrant colors and metallic’s.
From Valentino’s Instagram site the HAIR STYLING FOR THE BEACH INSPIRED VALENTINO RUNWAY GOWNS:
RECURRING WHITE LACE, COTTON, BOHEMIAN, BIRKIN THEME:
MOROCCON MEETS VENETIAN THEME: