Valentino: Shakespearean Sass

July 7, 2016 ,
by Evelina Mavrides


Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli presented their Fall 2016 Haute Couture collection for Valentino in Paris’s stately Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild yesterday evening, and the night that followed filled the room with nostalgia and electrism. The fashion duo sent out this year with stunning dresses and suits, in a black & white palette with small touches of the signature  Valentino red. Many famous and favorite people of Valentino, attented the show last night including Zoë Kravitz, Milla Jovovich, and Alba Rohrwacher. This year’s collection was inspired by Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, aka “the Shakespearean world transformed into an emotional alchemy.”Even though Chiuri and Piccioli are famous for their elegant gowns, this season included a number of trousers, cut slim and paired with riding boots. As for the gowns, they were elaborately made from leather, taffeta, and chiffon. Aome pieces decorated with unicorn, bird, and floral prints, took 110 hours to hand-paint. The Shakesperean theme accompanied with the soundtrack, by Craig Armstrong’s instrumental version of “Kissing You” from Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet played during the second half of the show. Rumors related Chiuri’s departure confirmed, this morning the house of Valentino announced that Maria Grazia Chiuri is stepping down from her role as co–creative director, a position she’s held for eight years. Her longtime design partner, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has been named the label’s sole creative director.


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