While we always recognize RED Valentino pieces for the big dose of cuteness they come embedded with, during the past few seasons creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were mostly experimenting with different styles with their fall 2015 lineup being so grunge. With their beautiful RED Valentino resort 2016 collection they go back to the roots of the fashion house, unveiling a plethora of romantic, innocent and girly dresses, blouses, shorts and skirts inspired from Swinging London. Actually, the mod movement was taking over London in 1959 when Valentino Garavani opened his luxury brand in Rome, so no wonder, the movement has always had a great influence on the Valentino designs making mod the signature style of the fashion house. From the A-line mini silhouettes so characteristic of Valentino to lace, frills and scalloped hems, as well as subtle notes of boyish fashion, the collection features many a pretty detail and design for us to get instantly hooked on these lovely pieces!
The pinch-me pretty 50-piece RED Valentino resort 2016 collection can be subdivided into a few small lines, each standing out with a unique color palette, mood and style. Thus, the collection kicks off with a much monochrome palette composed of blacks, whites and creams used for a number of little dresses with scalloped hems and tiny ties for a boyish feel, frilly lace dresses and skirts with matching tops with Peter Pan collars and the same removable ties this time put in lace, little blazers, see-through delicate lace tops, tailored shorts with a mannish touch and rompers with front pockets. The pieces look demure and positively fabulous trying to cater to the style needs of those girly fashionisers, who want to look maximum chic without trying too hard. In this section of pieces, we also see occasional leather designs, like the laser-cut black leather mini skirt combined with a lace shirt creating an interesting contrast. While most of the dresses in this range provide enough coverage while being cut at the mini length, there are also those delicate lace-y pieces with the peek-a-boo effect that still look so innocent.
Black and white gingham patterns make their way into the collection soon appearing on the Sixties inspired skirt suit worn with a white lace shirt and the structured coat topping the white frilly lace dress. Then the mood drastically changes here and we are treated to loads of oh-so-sweet prints and patterns, ranging from the Swinging Sixties inspired rainbow Pop Art motifs put in different shades to strawberry and cherry prints, but also eye and music note patterns that are beyond perfection. When we deal with strawberry patterns, we mostly see dusty pink shades matched with black, while the music notes come in a lovely multicolor palette appearing on a white background. We also see just a couple of pastel colors, of which the mint green dress with cherry prints is the first thing we want to own!
While the color palette and patterns change throughout the collection, the silhouettes are kept in the same style and we mostly see youthful mini dress, short short-suits and pretty separates featuring mini skirts and lace tops, but also stylish outerwear and tailored cropped trousers. By the end of the collection the neckties are replaced with bow ties, which still create an interesting juxtaposition of feminine and masculine styles. Wholly, this is one of the prettiest and most functional resort lines unveiled for the upcoming year.
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