It appears that there is no time more perfect to present a Zoolander sequel than on the Valentino fall/winter 2015-2016 collection runway show during the second last day of the Paris Fashion Week. Zoolander actors Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller walked the runway at the Valentino show finale, announcing the sequel to the cult comedy Zoolander from back in 2001, going into production for release next February. Derek Zoolander versus Hansel McDonald actually did happen in real life on the Valentino show and we will forever thank the fashion house for this marvellous treat, alongside its 82-piece strong line-up that was strutted down the runway with grace and style.
The Italian fashion house founded by Valentino Garavani has really brought to life an incredible collection, full of some of the best pieces presented yet. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Poccioli have cast a spell on us once again as they brought the term “pretty” back to the catwalk and let their fairy tale chapter unfold. This time around it was the whole idea of sensuality and independence that was explored to the fullest, with monochrome Op Art stripes on the signature Valentino shapes, including caped dresses, tunics, slouchy oversized jumpers and skirts. There is a Medieval feel to it all and the label carries the tone very well indeed.
Decorative elegance can be found in the lace that suddenly appears, along with the shades of turquoise, peach and red that builds up such a romantic story. Black and white pieces suddenly find an earth toned marble coat appear in fur as added warmth. Mind you, among the black pieces are also some leather materials, along with tulle and chiffon. Necks were tied with gently laid dainty scarves, bringing a touch of the feminine to the stricter cuts and tailoring, particularly in black and white outfits that looked quite austere, while off-the-shoulder pleated sleeves on gowns appeared on the runway, those same pleats encompassing the bodies of the dresses as well, falling in tiers perfectly aligned for maximal effect. They included both the sheer and embroidered versions, ones that were short as tunics and those that fell about the feet to the floor in length. We saw pieces that had dragon motifs, while the triangles did make for interesting geometrical creation, tinged with gold. Contemporary met fairy tale features and we couldn’t be held more mesmerized throughout.
The dresses were quite dreamy overall as they fell to mini midi and maxi lengths. Of the latest trends, the plunging neckline appeared without making a V this time around and it was on the final piece showcased, what with the white skirt and those black mock strap sleeves that showed off a major amount of the chest in a rectangular shape, just barely covering up the nipples; those nipples did appear beforehand though, on a tulle dress that had a high neck and three quarter sleeves falling in layers, the skirt falling to the floor but the body left transparent for the world to enjoy all that is offered beneath. That style of the dress appears many a time throughout the Valentino fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, though prints and embroidery hide the body underneath, instead leaving a rather sumptuous silhouette to admire. The plunging V neck of the red chiffon dress though leaves little to the imagination and would have been expected to be a nightgown instead of a dress, considering its lack of coverage where necessary. It’s hard not to fall in love with Valentino fashions over and over again, not when they are this divine.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK