All the models were barefoot and wore gold snake headpieces…AMAZING!
Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have looked outside Italy for runway inspiration. The designers turned to a rich chapter of Roman history: the Byzantine Empire for their Spring 2016 Couture Collection.
In a release, the brand said the designers were specifically inspired by early 20th century Spanish designer Mariano Fortuny’s mix of Eastern Byzantine and Western classic aesthetics in his work. Indeed, the “Game of Thrones” enchanted medieval vibe of the sweeping, regal gowns they delivered for fall 2015 couture is amplified here by textured velvet, multicolor patchwork, embroidered tulle and printed chiffon. It’s gilded and vibrant and airy and full of mosaic like patterns. All the models were barefoot and wearing gold snake headpieces, and many wore large circular body chains. “A purified orientalism finds its balance with kimono-style coats,” wrote the brand on Twitter reminding us that “oriental” doesn’t have the academic connotation it used to have.The result is still a series of magical, powerful, feminine dresses that a mythical queen might wear.Or, more realistically, an Oscar-nominated actress.
Here are a few of my favorite looks from the collection.
Maison Valentino spring 2016 couture collection. Photos: Yannis Vlamos