I think we will never get bored of describing a Valentino show: Poetry, regal and aesthetic. What could be more sensual than having a live pianist playing compositions by John Cage and Philip Glass? Actually, the models weren’t models more like ballerina dancers flying on the runway. Yes, the Valentino show was about ballet. No matter what theme Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli pick, they always stand together to deliver a message though fashion. Personally, I think this is the real meaning of Fashion. This time, they wanted us to live the moment and FEEL it. Nowadays, we live in a speedy world where everything seems easier: you buy whatever your heart desires in a minute. Both of them showed us that we need to slow down and enjoy our time. “We always think fashion is cultural, not just about delivering clothes,” said Chiuri. “We want this show to be about living your moments, feeling each moment uniquely. I really love fashion. This job we do is a good opportunity to describe the time we’re in.”
As for Fall/Winter 2016-2017, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli got inspired by the worlds of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. For a second, I thought it was an haute couture collection, not a ready to wear collection. When few designers thought about eveningwear, Valentino presented a wide variety of jeweled and embroidered dresses with delicate and decent transparencies (which is a trademark of the brand).
The contradictory was found in each and every look: models were wearing ballerina dresses and tutus with leather jackets, edgy long coats, sweaters and combat boots.
Among everything in this show, my heart felt for this champagne-color silk velvet look: the plisse skirt is everything. And I really liked the necklaces’ layering.
Yet Chiuri and Piccioli definitely help women conquer time in another way: Once bought, these are clothes to be worn for a lifetime: TIMELESS.