Red Valentino’s resort 2017 collection turned to Grey Gardens, a 1975 cult documentary, for inspiration. The documentary revolves around “Big Edie” and “Little Edie,” a mother and daughter, who were relatives of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, and their lives living in poverty in a large mansion.
This is a rather peculiar source of inspiration for creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, since Jackie O is one of the biggest fashion icons in history, so turning to her eccentric, distant relatives is already an interesting launching point. But the designing team kept the source rather subtle, as looking at the clothes you would never guess that the Bouvier Beale mother and daughter were the main inspiration, but the collection did manage to capture the whimsical essence of the duo. Eccentricity has been a common trend in fashion recently, so when all is said and done, the cult film wasn’t that farfetched of a place to begin.
The designs in the collection were very delicate, but featured graphic designs and slight eccentricities to offset things. Many of the designs featured a large-scale tree and bird graphic, while many of the jacket sleeves were cut rather short; these variations made each new piece interesting, even though many of the design principles were reused generously throughout the line.
Just because the same graphic was used on many dresses, each had its own style, making it easy for one graphic pattern to translate across many different women’s personalities. This is an essential trait for Red Valentino, as it is targeted toward a younger crowd, thus a group with ever-changing fashion desires and preferences.
It was the dresses that stuck out the most, with their juxtaposed heaviness and lightness, but such was to be expected, as Chiuri and Piccioli are known to make some lovely dresses for each season; it’s always great knowing we can look forward to some beautiful silhouettes. Some of the special pieces that stood out above others were garments like an airy off-white dress with a hummingbird print; the slightly asymmetrical hemline makes for a girly and still modern twist, while still nodding to the vintage styling to keep up with the inspiration.
Sportswear was also emphasized, though. Being Valentino’s lower-priced, more youthful diffusion line, Red Valentino does well for itself to give pieces like blue jeans, printed jackets, and fitted sweaters, all in line with the rest of the line’s inspiration.
Overall, though, we’re beginning to see more and more that the designers are moving this diffusion line to mimic the aesthetics and output of the father line; in this case, mature looks are being produced with tweaks to keep them youthful still. We can’t wait to see how things will progress from here in future seasons.
Photos courtesy of Vogue