Honestly, looking at the extremely large Valentino fall/winter 2016-2017 RTW collection, the pieces remind us of the night skies and the oceans all at once, with ethereal creations that seem to belong in both regions of the world, but almost in another dimension. It is like seeing mermaids jump into space at times and the concept of that is certainly fun to play with. It also seems to pay elegant homage to ballerinas as a whole, which has us imagining mermaids in tutus and with wings to soar through the skies.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli certainly outdid themselves with the 81-outfit-long runway show, featuring quite a bit of tulle, glitter, tiers and waves, appearances of the pieces in ballet pink, while the whisper thin dresses showed off some very pretty silhouettes. It was all about the pale and the pretty here, while there were a few looks that contrasted rather sharply with the designs as a whole. That included some punkish outerwear and combat boots that add some spice to the feminine beauty seen otherwise. After all, it is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate it than by showing both facets to a woman’s demeanor?
The Valentino fall 2016 show took place at the Espace Ephémère Des Tuileries in Paris, left mostly bare for the fashion show, with two runway paths opened up and a piano at the center performing live during the show. It was simply divine! While the collection is more of a fairy tale than reality it seems, the opening ensemble was very much based on military inspirations from this world, including a button-down trench coat worn over a sweater, a shirt and a full skirt, finished off with some sturdy boots. It literally opened with a tone quite the opposite to that which it finished with.
If tutus are your favorite ballerina look though, you will enjoy the remastering of the designs into short poof skirts, complete with elongated bustier mini dresses. We should also add the little tidbit added to the website, according to which the collection was all about emotion and “a reply to chaos and to the uncertainty of present times” with the designer duo ditching virtuality and experiencing with contemporary fashion.
Layers were an interesting thing throughout the line-up, appearing as sweaters over shirts or dresses over turtlenecks that hug the body close. We even had ladies in black skinny pants and high-neck sweaters donning on long midi dresses with crystal studded spaghetti straps and a sheer appeal showing off the black of the layers worn underneath. The dresses also appeared in marigold velvets, which looked stunning to say the least. The material has been a designer favorite for the F/W ready to wear collections of 2016 and we are not one to complain about that. Velvet looks amazing, no matter how it is being worn. Add in dusty taupes and olive hues as well and you have a Valentino collection we shall not be forgetting for a while.
As for the beauty looks, tight chignons and bright glows are all you need to look fantastic this fall, with the clothing itself doing the speaking for you. Blush and nude gowns certainly can say much, while translucent glittering pieces are meant to be worn by some very fashionable angels we dare say.
Photos courtesy of Vogue