The sun is setting in Rome and the voices of the choir are heard loud and clear, like angels descended from Heaven. There is such a beautiful, spiritual setting to the Valentino Couture fall/winter 2015-2016 collection presentation at the Piazza Mignanelli. The collection was as incredible as expected from Valentino genius minds – Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the venue moved from Paris to Rome, and the final leg of the Couture Fashion Week come an end. Resounding applause by the fully filled up event was to be expected, as dusk set in and the onlookers tasted the last bit of couture, until the winter season rolls around with presentation for the coming spring.
It is a grand finale for a truly grand show. The collection was aptly named the Mirabilia Romae, trending under the #MirabiliaRomae hashtag, and was brought to a place so very dearly loved by the most creative of designers. Rome is the Eternal City and we could see the proof of that easily as the final collection of the Paris Couture Fashion Week was staged not in the City of Love but in a more ancient, more architecturally spectacular setting. Moreso, it was the collection itself that left us thoroughly dazzled.
We expected the gauzy organza, the tulle and the fluttering fabrics. We knew that we should be seeing some bare breasts, barely covered over with beautifully designed garments. We knew we would be playing peek-a-boo with the limbs and that we would be seeing lots of gowns. It is Valentino after all, and nothing comes close to looking as incredibly lovely as a Valentino collection.
There was something so very distinctively Roman about many of the pieces as well, from the lace up sandals to the single shoulder styles. There was even a toga look alike in red and high fashion fabrics, denoting a Lady of the Upper Classes. Black might have opened the show, but the color scheme quickly moved onto the rich reds, followed by royal patterning, which included everything from capes with garnet hued undersides, golden vines worthy of a fairy queen, gentle harvest designs, and armour style striped dresses which have us thinking of the Byzantine Empire.
The golden coloring certainly has its place on the runway, but what makes it more interesting is the pointing towards bales of hay. One dress in particular looks like the Goddess of the Harvest made her way into the ranks of the Valentino Couture fall 2015 fashion line.
The ladies from times past were known for their bare limbs, before religions bade them cover up. In this sense, the gauzy tulle makes more sense than the brocade and heavy capes here, though each and every piece could certainly fit at least one buyer’s personality.
While affording a couture piece might set you back on that down payment for the house, you can be sure that no other woman will be dressed exactly as you are. Whether you choose the red, the black or the spectacular gold, there is nothing more beautiful than a Valentino piece. It was truly a magnificent ending to an equally magnificent week.
Photos courtesy of Vogue