Monday, January 30, 2017

Valentino Haute Couture 2017

As the Spring/Summer Haute Couture 2017 shows continue there was one show in particular that I had my eye on and was impatiently waiting for the unveiling of the new collection that I was sure to love. You may ask what show this was and it couldn’t be any other show than the magnificent Valentino show. Valentino is a fashion house that has always resonated deeply with me and is a brand that I one day aspire to see on runway live with my two eyes sitting in the front row. The Valentino stance and vision is everything that I envision fashion should be and season after season Pierpaolo Piccioli has yet to disappoint me.  This Haute Couture show of course was everything that I could have imagined and more and was a spectacle that I couldn’t let go unnoticed to my blog.

From the opening look it was very clear that there was an element of Greek inspiration to this seasons looks. The models were styled very simply yet elegantly with their hair tucked behind their ears highlighting the chandelier earrings, the only piece of jewellery that they were adorned with. The best way that I could describe this show in my own words is a runway filled with Grecian goddesses.  There was an air of royalty and elegance to every single look and was without a doubt one of the highlights of Haute Couture 2017.

The colour palette of the looks was a very toned down and neutral palette with shades of white and taupe being the centre focus. Throughout the show there was the odd pops of lavender, pink and red which in my opinion really highlighted the starkness of the all-white looks further. There is no doubt in my mind that Piccioli used this collection to display his exquisite tailoring and draping skills and the amount of an eye he has for the detail of every intricate pleat and finish to every look. The draping for me was the forefront of the show and was done so in such a manner that it oozed romanticism. There is a skill in being able to hide a models figure in a bundle of fabric and yet still conveying a message of romantic disposition that is iconic with Valentino and Piccioli himself.

I must say that I absolutely adore that Valentino has exhibited the sheerness of the last collection into a number of their looks this season. It’s a trend that Valentino has done flawlessly and the only house in my opinion that is any match is Dior. This sheerness was taken a different route this runway with the use of silks and billowing fabrics. The affiliation silk furthered the theme of royalty and grace and was conclusively a stunning addition to this seasons runway. 

When look 48 came around the corner I all but gasped at the sheer perfection of this entire look. This is unquestionably my favourite look of the entire runway and incorporated the message of the entire show so beautifully and understatedly. Valentino is unequivocally my favourite fashion house and this runway show explained all the reasons why. The level of impeccability that every look has is astounding and yet it is not thrust into your face. It’s so delicately displayed as the models glide down the runway in all their royal Greek glory and so eloquently put in the way that Piccioli crafts these breath-taking looks.  

I would love to know in the comments down below what you thought of the Valentino Haute Couture 2017 show and what has been your favourite show of the Haute Couture week.

                                                                                                         Mary J xo

*these photos are screenshots from the Valentino video on the FF Youtube channel

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