Valentino is known—and loved—for its frothy-as-air, ethereal, romantic dresses. So it came as a surprise that the show this morning opened with a parade of all-black looks paired with combat boots. Some looks were heavily layered, with shirts and (perhaps a first?), trousers, and wide-strap bags worn across the body.
The show moved on into lighter territory, with black opening up into nude, tribal-printed dresses and skirts. There was a strong ballet influence throughout the show, with nude flats and lace-up heels, and sparkly stockings.
Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri & Pierpaolo Piccioli took a risk this season, layering ribbed turtlenecks under spaghetti-strap dresses, pairing a green parka coat with a sequin-bedecked dress, and including plenty of black. Consider this the wardrobe of a ballerina—from show to off-duty looks worn back to her apartment, where city living requires tough boots but an appreciation for all things delicate and glittering.
While the show included plenty of Valentino’s signature dresses, they expanded upon their go-to lace, playing with jersey fabrications and introducing more layered pieces. Coats and fur elements made appearances, as did a metallic, pleated skirt and dress.
An ode to earth and sky seemed to permeate the collection, with tribal prints appearing on earth toned fabrics amongst furs. Stars also made an appearance on ethereal, whimsical, tulle dresses that could as easily appear on stage.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR US