Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wove a folkloric love story for Valentino Couture SS 2015. Inspirations for the ultra-feminine collection included love poetry of Renaissance Italy and the biography of Marc Chagall. The show opened with a black velvet dress fitted with an angel-wing bodice. The impeccable cut of the gown was drop-dead gorgeous! This was love at first sight. The romanticism continued into charming embroideries on linens, peasant smocks and Juliet gowns – an artistic homage to Marc Chagall’s Russian country past before his move to France. Chagall was a Jewish immigrant who famously painted scenes from his village life, swishing peasant blouses and billowy dresses included.
The sky blue dress in muslin and velvet was directly inspired by Chagall’s ‘La Fiancée au visage bleu.’ Look closely at the tiny, whisper thin chiffon collar and cuffs with the wiggly rouleaux trim. A piece of this caliber could only be created in the prestigious Valentino atelier, where a team of 40 seamstresses is dedicated to handcrafting precious one-of-a-kind confections.
Another standout was the semi-sheer nude dress with red skirt dotted with lace heart appliqués. The delicate cut-outs recalled vintage valentines. There was also a white tulle gown with hand painted grey clouds as well as a glittering gold dress with a skirt decorated with script from Dante. Equally lovely, was the finale look, a full-skirted beauty with “Amor Vincit Omnia” (Love Conquers All) stitched across a linen corset. It was the perfect fairytale finish to a spectacular show.