Sunday, March 22, 2015

Valentino Fall 2015 #RTW #PFW

"A fashion face-off of epic proportions occurred in Paris today. Derek Zoolander and Hansel, aka Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, made cameos at the tail end of the Valentino show, each doing his best 'Blue Steel.' Judging by the audience's reaction, Zoolander 2, is going to be a Very. Big. Movie. But even without the crowd-pleasing surprise appearances, this would've been a memorable Valentino show, long on Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's signature dresses, but rendered in such exquisite new ways you fell in love all over again. 

More often than not, Chiuri and Piccioli go to their Italian origins for inspiration. For Fall they looked at Emilie Flöge and Celia Birtwell, two women who were both artists and muses. The new perspective energized them. But there was much more at play here, from the casual new vibe of oversize fisherman knit sweaters worn with A-line midi skirts to the sensual efficiency of silk crepe dresses unadorned but for some subtle contrast piping. It's a testament to Chiuri and Piccioli's talents and experience that they're as adept at an understated tie-neck blouse and wide-lip culottes, or an away-from-the-body black dress panelled in tonal strips of leather, as they are at their lovely evening wear. Inevitably, though, it's the gowns that get the attention. There were too many knockouts here to mention them all." -

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