If you don’t have the most interesting or the most interesting line to show at Fashion Week, you can always pull stunts, and be sure the crowd leaves Fashion Week, talking about you. That was the lesson today at Valentino. the clothes weren’t always innovative, and more than a few were retreads of stuff we’ve seen before–almost a highlight reel of the last few seasons.
Then that happened.
Zoolander 2 happens to be filming right now by the way. Did you even know there was a sequel to the 15-year-old cult classic satire of the Fashion Industry? (Well, if they can make a damn Dumb and Dumber sequel, they might as well make a Zoolander one.) The synergy was strong in this appearance. Stiller and Wilson got a major promotion for their currently under the radar production of a sequel no one asked for, and Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli found a reason to get people to talk about their show.
Not that the clothes were bad. It’s just that there wasn’t anything all that new or different. With Valentino, that means most of the collection would have been a knock out coming from anyone else. There were 84 outfits, if you include the Derek Zoolander and Hansel ones. We have the highlights below.
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Ah romance! Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli brought it in spades to the runway with a 46 piece collection that was determined to win over the hopeless romantics of the red carpet. Along with some romanticized folklore-based Italian Renaissance peasant dresses, there were red gowns galore, florals and sheers and few flights of fancy–anyone want to go fly a kite?
Just remember, even when your life may be in chaos, you can always wear a gown emblazoned with “Amor Vincit Omnia” (Love Conquers All.) The full gallery is below.
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Valentino’s Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli did something for PreFall I’m amazed designers don’t do more often–they brought in collaborators. Considering these guys design over a dozen lines a year (sometimes more) it’s amazing to me the big houses don’t find the need to bring in fresh eyes and fresh ideas.
Celia Birtwell, the woman who created the late Ossie Clark’s floral prints in the 1970s came to play, as well as Italian Pop Artist Giosetta Fioroni. The two of them have a sensibility that fits within the Valentino milieu–in fact I haven’t seen a Valentino line look quite so “Valentino.” They also brought numbers–97 looks in all. We’re only doing the highlights in the gallery below.
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While Dior was happening in Tokyo, back here in the states Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli were presenting a special one off collection of the Valentino Sala Bianca Haute Couture line at what was formerly the Whitney museum. To be clear, this is not their Spring 2015 Couture collection for Valentino–that will go on as usual in Paris next month. This special event runway show was to celebrate Valentino’s Sala Bianca collections from the 60s, which were famous for being all white.
Much like the de la Renta show yesterday, we will present this collection in full instead of reviewing the highlights.
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Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli of Valentino will fit right in at Milan Fashion Week, if they ever decide to leave Paris. Like Dolce and Gabbana, they are proud of their Italian cultural heritage, and steep their collections in it.
Maybe the reason I find them more successful that D&G is because they manage to make designs pulled from their Italian heritage more accessible and more on trend.
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Many of this couture season’s offerings have pulled from that pre WWI era known as the Belle Epoche. Not Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli! Over at Valentino it was all Pre-Raphaelites all the time.
The opening dress didn’t immediately make one think of the Grecian toga or the thin barely there gowns that pulled from a 19th century version of them. But the patterns were simple enough and the ribbons at the waists wound round and around.
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Sometimes it’s really hard to be a fashion blogger. There are lines where every last outfit is boring, and you have no idea what to say about anything because it’s all so uninspired. With Valentino, I have the opposite problem. There were 83 outfits to his Resort 2015 collection. This is approaching Karl Lagerfeld levels of prolific. I can’t post them all, because that would be exhausting, first of all, and half of them, all I want to say is “Ooh,” “Ahh,” “Pretty” and “Butterflies!”
I have done my best to edit this collection down to the best of the best, but nearly everything Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have done with this Frida Kahlo-inpsired high end hippie aesthetic collection was worth looking at.
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