Not too long ago, couture fashion week in Paris came to an end and whilst watching a couple shows online, I realised something. There were a few collections that were simply put, lacklustre. Couture shows should be the shows you look forward to in anticipation and excitement. These are the shows that you should be swooning over, oohing and aahing and in my case waiting to be inspired.
But alas, you can’t win them all. That being said, Valentino was one of the shows that did not fail to deliver. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli never fail to disappoint and their S/S 16 collection was a testament to that. Being a Textile Design graduate and really just being me, I appreciate attention to detail. This collection consists of some of the most divine gowns with all the right detailing and if there’s one thing I love, it’s a beautiful display of applique. I remember during my A-Level years, applique was my go to technique and it just made my pieces that much nicer. I digress.
Other highlights from this collection are the rich colour combinations, patchwork of tapestry and glorious velvet adorned on the models bodies. Watching them walk down the runway on my screen, all I kept wishing was that I was there to witness it live. #OneDay
A lot of the gowns and oriental style over coats reminded me of something out of the TV show Reign. I can just picture Catherine de’ Medici walking around the castle in one of these Valentino numbers. Not the Catherin de’ Medici of 1550 mind you, these gowns I assume would have been a little too modern for her taste. Here’s to modern history.
It pleased me to see the famous dragon motif from the pre fall ’15 collection, which appeared as an intarsia on Valentino’s woollen sweaters as well as on the back of some leather jackets. I like to see a recurring theme in shows, as long as it’s not over done. (We’re all familiar with the storm of the kenzo tiger). All in all, a gracious collection from Valentino.
P.S This isn’t the entire collection. Just a select few pieces that I loved. For the full collection head to the Vogue website.
Editing: Nengi Willie-Pepple