Complete with tulle, blush tones, and intricate designs, Valentino returns to the ballet stage for their F/W 2016 collection – and it’s nothing short of magical.
The brand, which just reached the $1 billion mark, set a classical mood at Paris Fashion Week.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli designed the collection that has everyone talking this season. The stunning collection radiates grace, making the designer’s fashion philosophy crystal clear.
“Everybody is speaking about ‘see and buy,’” said Chiuri backstage with WWD. “We think that to be in the moment is more important. You can see and you can feel as well. You can also buy, but it is not true that fashion is only to buy.”
The two designers believe in the power of sparking emotion in the buyer and in the press, which is why Valentino is such a success today. The pair is also among the few designers that hand-draw their collections.
Valentino’s Ready-To-Wear 2016 collection caught Chiuri and Piccioli’s true goal – showing the modern dance movement and it’s “happenings.”
This year, the Valentino designers dug into the performance art movement of the 50s and 60s, venturing further into the dance motifs explored in their Spring collection. The dance attire displayed in the collection reflects the high-neck and long-sleeve dress silhouette that Valentino has run consistently throughout the past few years. In contrast, the brand added a street goth look with double-breasted coats and ribbed turtlenecks, complete with ankle length tulle skirts and combat boots. Both looks are reminiscent of classic ballerina on-duty, off-duty style.
The show was a true work of art, promoting the idea of self-expression with beautiful piano music accompanying one of a kind pieces. After all, both dance and music are about freedom, and Valentino brought this idea to a very real, very magical collection.