Perhaps Valentino's creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been helping their respective kids with their math homework. They certainly gave the fashion world a lesson in geometry with their fall/winter 2015 show.
It was all about the angles on Wednesday night as the duo produced a graphic show filled with building block shapes — triangles, rectangles, squares. Shapes, crafted in collaboration with Australian artist Esther Stewart, that were both two-dimensional patterns on sweatshirt tops and knits and three dimensional, acting as the construction base of some impressive outerwear. All of it highlighted by the use of a melange of contrasting colors of burgundy, blue, gray, light yellow and green.
As French singer Stromae and Dracula himself (in the form of actor Luke Evans in a blood red burgundy suit) looked on from the front row, the two designers produced a broad array of covetable outerwear. There were anoraks, blouson jackets, capes, straight city coats and parkas, each one more luxe and elegantly embellished than the next.
So strong was the outerwear that the slim suit, classical sweater tops and crisp white shirts with black tie combos were overshadowed.
But who cares when a blouson jacket with a constellation motif, a leather camouflage bomber, or a jacket with an owl's wings caressing the shoulders will be on sale next season?
The duo continued to hammer home the incredible craftsmanship of the Valentino house with each outfit. Adding to the new menswear codes they have already created for the label (camouflage, butterflies), while expanding it as well. And this time, unlike during my high school years, all that geometry made perfect sense.