Back to Couture shows. As I told you before my favorites are the historical and the nature inspired and we got a perfect example to the former; Valentino introduces the Elizabethan era when there was no such a thing that too much. Big puffy sleeves, big round collars aka ruffs, cut-outs, ties, corsets, long full skirts, embroidery, embellishment, golden tones, pearls just to name a few things. And most of these things came back to Valentino’s runway, to create a beautifully composed, but still modern collection.
It’s not easy to name a favorite as I love every combination from the more obvious menswear looks, through the paintings inspired gowns, to the different mixes of these. I could wear those menswear inspired black and white ensembles with the crisp white poplin shirts combined with corsets, leather trousers and riding boots right now, but the more feminine and colorful, golden and copper hued brocade gowns or pastel pink and lilac tinted lightweight sheer dresses – styled with the same riding boots – are equally amazing.
The hair, make up and the jewelry were all exquisite and perfect match as usual. Every look faithfully reflects the era, which is pretty unmistakable though, so what’s the fuss about? The fuss is, that the designers could create a collection, which is the perfect balance of the 1500s era’s mood, the modern expectations and that little something which makes it undeniably Valentino.
What could’ve been a better tribute celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death than this beautifully composed collection?
Photos via vogue.co.uk