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Valentino, which usually shows its collections in Paris, took the fashion set on a Roman holiday for its couture show this season. The title of this collection was Mirabilia Romae, which translates from Latin as “marvels of Rome.” The open-air presentation took place in the Piazza Mignanelli in the center of the city.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli served up fashion’s most powerful palette: black, gold and Valentino red. The runway show began with floor-sweeping monochromatic looks, a departure from the printed and sweet couture creations of seasons past. Standouts included black figure-skimming gowns accessorized with gold jewelery; crowns, necklaces and slim metal belts. One dress in particular, a cheeky design, had a sheer top with embroidery covering the chest (also known as “Instagram ready safeguards”). The pleated chiffon barely touching the body combined fragility with feminine grace. There were also statuesque capes as well as intricate patchwork detailing and exquisite lace spun into sensual shapes. The designers included a few shimmering golden looks (just look at that marvelous dress with the embroidered sheaths of wheat) and it wouldn’t really be a Valentino show without a parade of the house’s signature crimson gowns. They were magnificent.

Chiuri and Piccioli’s ode to Rome married the city’s rich history and modern-day glamour to stunning effect. It is no wonder why they are considered masters of haute couture. The pair recently announced plans to open a school to train more apprentices in traditional couture techniques. An exciting contribution and investment in fashion’s future.

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