Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took the audience on a tour of Italy, with a travel-minded collection that exuberantly underscored the native flora and fauna of the country, as well as its many sights and wonders. The decadent nightlife of its major metropolises, its quaint country villages unmarred by the passage of time, and its exquisite shorelines and islands were all represented in one form or another on the Valentino Spring/Summer 2015 runway. It was a lavish and heady undertaking packed with jaw-dropping variety.
For easeful looks that accommodate busy lifestyles, including the kind that require lots of travel, there are plain wool toppers in sophisticated navy blue, accented by embroidered culottes and macramé necklines. Old-World Italian looks break free on stunning multi-colored peasant dresses, relaxed jumpsuits, and tailored coats, featuring optimistic floral prints. A craftier version that captures the romance of Italian decadence is presented on skirts and frocks strewn with moody flower appliqués and feathers, which form a gorgeous 3-D tapestry. White eyelet dresses celebrate simpler times in the nation’s history before diving into a darling pastel palette that amplifies intricate laser-cut techniques. The natural beauty of the Riviera finds its way onto khaki trousers, silk sheaths, and sheer column gowns printed with aquatic tropes, such as starfish, seashells, and coral branches. Valentino’s grand tour of Italy makes for an impressive 80-look collection that highlights the strengths of Chiuri and Piccioli, and serves as a reminder that Italy has much more to offer the fashion world than flash, glam, and fast cars.
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