The pre-Raphaelite period was where designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took the house of Valentino this couture season. And just like the brotherhood of artists who were moved by works created during the medieval times and early Renaissance to create lush, and brightly colored paintings depicting complex compositions of a romanticized past, so too where Chiuri and Piccioli inspired by what has come before, but cast in a new modern light.
Over the past few seasons the duo has sent out couture collections teaming with mind boggling embellishments and detail work that pushed their atelier to its limits. This time however the designers focused more on the other side of the couture coin and explored a paired back approach. But as luck would have it, they are also extremely adept at crafting exquisite pieces of puritanical beauty.
Their reinterpretation of lounging Grecian beauties wearing goddess gowns, togas or draping robes, their feet wrapped in Greek sandals and their waists often tied up in leather ribbons, had a virginal purity to them. The ensembles were so refined that it would be easy to imagine them, and the women lucky enough to wear them, being placed up on a pedestal.
The austerity of this collection in no way diminished its impact. And when the duo did begin to bring in some more embellished pieces, say a gilded tapestry coat, a graphic multicolored “heraldic shields” dress or an impressive merry go round appliqué motif tulle gown, their was a elegant restraint to them that was very much in keeping with the serene nature of this impactful show.
Even Kim Kardashian, who was sitting in the front row along side Mr. Valentino himself, should find it difficult not to follow the sirens call of this collection. She will surely want to pore her curvaceous frame into one of the goddess gowns. After all isn’t she a deity of reality tv?