Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli at Valentino are constantly leaving me with a sense of bewilderment and astonishment, and I could not name you a collection under Valentino that has disappointed me (fingers crossed for autumn/winter 2015!). Although we’ve had the couture and mens a/w collection since their pre-fall I just had to blog about it because it really did ball me over. Everything I have a soft spot for (celestial constellations, intricate beading, sheer gowns, leather, lace up heels…) is featured in this collection so I am admittedly biased in my review of this, but then again who COULD see a flaw in this collection? This collection had an impressive 97 looks and so this is just a sample of my favourites, to review it in full click here.
How someone has managed to paint models in a night sky whilst skilfully avoiding the garish galaxy prints of the hughstreet circa two/three years ago, I do not know. The use of a very selective colour scheme and a uniform base colour for nearly all the celestial garments helps to maintain a level of simplicity that really does separate the high end and the generic (if you want some context click here to view the high streets ‘equivalent’). There’s almost a cut out feel to some of the patterns created, fashion’s note to everyone’s Matisse obsession perhaps? These garments are playful, dreamy, hypnotic and have the ability to create that feeling of a void that you never knew existed but now realise only they could fill. Even a pre-fall could not be complete without their signature floor length embellished sheer gowns. This collection boasted a range of these including twinkling gold stars on deep blue organza, a glistening ice princess dress and a lively flourish of embroidered plantlife to compliment the more folky segment of the collection.
Amongst the luxurious embellished gown is a satisfyingly simplistic selection of casual daywear. There were elements of normcore but in interesting new cuts and accessorised with disgustingly jazzy striped shoes. I’m loving the cape-like-sleeves on textured waistcoats, the classic blue denim smartened up and of course the white collar peaking out from black leather. Its inspired me to consider opting for a cheap cropped leather jacket in addition to my usual biker just to style with my unnecessarily extensive cumulation of white shirts. All images from style.com