All You Need To Know About Valentino’s Spring ’16 Couture Show
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The Valentino couture show was held in Paris this season, but clearly Rome was on their mind. Almost an Italian art history lesson, the duo focused on Mariano Fortuny, his Delphos dress, and “aged” velvet. Also on their mind were Isadora Duncan and Loie Fuller and their “expressionist dancing.” All of this exotic early-20th-century Venetian-pagan romanticism was sewn lightly into the Valentino Haute Couture collection and trailed around by barefoot nymphs with gold metal serpents writhing in their tendriled tresses.
Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted their latest haute couture line to be imperfect. The pair have become known for their love of a romantic aesthetic, something which was apparent when they presented their latest line in Paris on Wednesday (27Jan16). It was inspired by Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny, who was known as something of a fashion rebel who loved using pleats.
This was apparent in the designs, with the 2016 pleats kept 'imperfect' because it was done by hand. Pierpaolo explained this was important to them, as the whole point of couture is that it's hand made by someone.
The pleats were subtle though, rather than box versions. Dresses were kept long and loose, with an ethereal quality. This was apparent in one golden version, which was transparent and included a golden choker which snaked down the model's chest to her waist.
Jewellery was a key ingredient of the collection, with models wearing gold headpieces made to look like snakes. Brocade was also a big look, with some dresses coming in red and gold or blue and gold.