Valentino Spring Summer 2017 Review
After learning that Maria Grazia Chiuri was beginning her journey to Christian Dior, there was a bit of anxiety in the air when pondering what the next step was for Pierpaolo Piccioli. This would be the first collection Piccioli created alone. The anxiety disappeared as soon as the romance that is well known and loved began to enter the room on that sunny Parisian afternoon. Contemporary shapes and details, like lace-up flats and micro-mini crossbody bags swung over beautifully crafted eveningwear. Dresses that were cut in the same peasant silhouettes with high necks and skirts that floated away from the body were simply stunning. True to Valentino, reds and pinks dominated the runway now washed in bright fuchsia accompanied by muted petal pinks. Zandra Rhodes created eight new prints inspired by the Middle Ages to the Renaissance from the fifteenth century. Long coats were embroidered with Knight Templar sword pierced hearts and trousers were made of fifteenth century jacquard velvet.
Loyal Valentino enthusiasts swooned at the pretty dresses while Piccioli’s trousers invited a new type of Valentino audience. A cool wide-leg pant paired with a button-down or a sweater and finished with a leather jacket added a bit of edge to the romantic vibes. The finishing touches made the collection even more enchanting. Flat sandals with velvet ribbons, red lips and handbags with chain straps and embroidered studs transported the collection through time. The lovely lace, the pleats, the femininity remained at the foundation of the designs. The procession of delicate gowns at the end was enough to make anyone fall in love. The real romance is in the ease and elegance of the crafted pieces that can be worn on the red carpet or in everyday life.