Of course any fashion fan worth their salt has a soft spot for the ever-tanned Valentino, but I must admit that since he handed creative control over to Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, it has become an even more significant, wonderous and influential label.
The pair delivered a AW’15 Couture collection that was even more Valentino than I have ever seen before, but not so much about the man himself but more about utterly embracing the Roman roots of this brand. As we expressed rather over enthusiastically for the Giambattista Valli collection, we can also see super skilled craftsmanship at the beating heart of this collection. This is what couture is about, this is what luxury fashion is about; handworked product to a level that pretty much makes each garment a work of art equal to any painting or sculpture. This is far from everyday fashion as we can possibly get.
There was lots and lots of black, but with a lightness of touch, sheerness and delicacy that ensured it didn’t feel at all dour. Stunning brocades brought antique feeling pattern, flashing with metallic touches, which then lead to some stunningly all-gold looks fit for a Goddess. Enhancing the Roman theme there was also a scattering of stunningly ‘Papal’ red statements too.
Every look was accessorised with beautiful golden jewellery that looked as if it had been discovered in some ancient treasure haul, featuring pagan looking symbols that again hinted to the layers of history, culture and tradition that makes Rome such a unique, creatively rich and fascinating place.