Pierpaolo Piccioli’s third season going solo as Creative Director without Maria Grazia Chiuri has given us a clearer view of the direction Valentino is taking; certainly a path with a lot less tulle. The concept of embracing art history has been alive for in recent collections, and it has certainly become starting points for the designer. For Fall 2017, Piccioli opted to deliver both Victorian and Memphis Group influences.
Victorian fashion is very elaborate, extravagant, and in some ways, outrageous, if you will. Think of heavy hoop skirts full of ribbons, and tight corsets along with big-feathered hats. Valentino is usually much more discrete, but it easily contained Victoriana’s traits through its own signature take on high-necked dresses. Memphis Group, a famous Italian design and architecture group, gained presence in the show via vivid hues, which were found alternated in between darker looks. The variation in colour and material was another beautiful aspect of this collection, with everything from blacks, to pastels, and bright shades represented.
Overall, Valentino continues taking steps forward with strong collections. Its purely timeless fashion statements maintain their reign without appearing too commercial or involved in the trappings of the moment. Love fashion and want to escape reality right now? Then make sure to check out this collection ASAP.
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