PFW: Valentino AW16

Models wear creations as part of Valentino's Fall-winter 2016-2017 ready to wear collection presented in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Picture by: Francois Mori / AP/Press Association Images

With a moodboard of ornate tutus and famous ballerinas en pointe as well as crystal studded dresses and colours such as marigold, olive, and dusty taupe one can imagine you are talking about a Valentino show.

Complete with pianist playing through the duration of the show todays collection was all about the modern ballerina – something every girl aspires to be.

Models wearing ribbon around their necks and waists exploring the world of the Ballet Russes we imagine the original ballerina rushing to class leaving a sprinkle of glitter wherever she goes.

Opening the show with black it was hard to see where the influence would eventually come in.

Black tights with layered black turtleneck dresses, leather and feathers meant this was more black swan than prima ballerina. However as we moved into the delicate beiges it was a very stark change – the roll necks, the pleats, the prints, the softness. All exactly what the consumer expects from Valentino.

Similar to shows in the past the printed, mixed texture duster coats made a reappearance draped over delicately sheer pink dresses with tiny print details. A mix of printed jackets over a completely different printed dress made for a very strong image which worked incredibly well.

Roll necks were a huge trend for this past season – a trend which many have taken on board and adopted as their own due to their versatility and Valentino has decided we should be wearing out roll necks not only on gowns but layered underneath sexually exquisite dresses.

Dove grey dresses layered with fur stoles and military coloured coats looked like the work of a dreamland and the cloud print on some dresses were clearly helping take us there.

Pleated gowns nipped in at the waist over the shoulder, off the shoulder, deep plunge – the subtle changed of each design made the show feel like each outfit had it’s own show.

Cape details, proving popular for the brand in the past, again made a subtle appearance once again and will most likely be just as popular as past collections.

A Valentino show would be nowhere without the pleated sheer details coming away from each dress giving a hint of Couture standards in a ready to wear collection.

The prima ballerina certainly closed the show today with layers and layers of tulle, pointe shoes, sheer pinks, lace and crystals making the show a show of different standards. Valentino knows what sells and knows exactly what to deliver to their customers. This collection was no exception to this rule – a good designer always allows someone to look at an item of clothing and know exactly which brand it is and with Valentino this is certainly the rule of thumb.


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