The Valentino Spring 16 Couture collection is an experience of timelessness and artistry. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli cited turn of the 20th century artists like dancers Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller as well as the famous pleated silk Delphos gown of Mariano Fortuny as their muses. The art nouveau period. Enough said, I’m on board.
The looks felt timeless indeed. Column gowns glided down the runway in deep, rich hues, styled with gilded belt necklaces and serpent headpieces worn by sprites with tousled hair and bare feet embellished by gold barefoot sandals. It was all a little magical and theatrical. Perhaps it would have seemed silly with a collection that didn’t warrant substantial awe in the beautiful intricate artistry of every piece.
On a side note, I love that Valentino is getting into barefoot sandals. The market is filled with DIY, cute but not GORGEOUS and substantial pieces. Valentino just changed that.These are gowns that will be cherished by their owners. Carefully protected, brought out for wow moment events. Delicately loved far beyond their vintage years.Photos: Yannis Vlamos – Indigital Images