Paris Fashion Week: Valentino Autumn/Winter 15
Sensuality and independence
The moment from today's Valentino presentation was without question the Zoolander walk-off starring Derek Zoolander and his fashion nemesis Hansel. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson sent the crowd into a frenzy when they finished the show in character. Stiller giving everyone a glimpse of his blue steel and Wilson his nonchalant je ne sais quoi. Instagram went berserk for it, it was a wonderfully humours moment, bravo Valentino.
But Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli gave us plenty more to talk about with the beautiful collection that preceded the Zoolander shenanigans. This season is all about "sensuality and independence," and as the story unravelled on the runway we were swept up in a journey of just that, with abundant prettiness to boot.
An exploration of the beauty of monochrome begun the show, almost ankle length dresses in checkered prints, stripes, combinations of both, and block monochrome, delivered a side to this often told story that we rarely see. A gentleness to the contrast of light and dark. Some pieces in pure black touched on a romantic note, the all lace dress, sheer in parts and high at the neck was a highlight here.
Then came the colour. Soft earthy and neutral hues received a shimmery treatment and were intricately combined in panels of pretty lace. Elsewhere a dragon motif appeared, appropriately fairytale-esque, on an evening dress and a knit sweater. Fabrics and silhouettes oozed feminine prettiness, helped by floating fluffy chiffon ruffles, silver sequinned maxi skirts, seductively split at one side, and of course a Valentino red gown that sashayed down the runway.