Paris Fashion Week: September 30
Valentino’s Grand Tour-inspired collection was as beautifully varied as Italy itself. Creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, aimed to transport us to an era of Italian esteem, when Europeans flocked to Italy for a lesson in culture and aesthetics.
Lavish prints emboldened much of the collection, evocative of centuries-old Italian interiors, Arabesque scrolls and decadent Baroque-style molding.
Iconic gladiator sandals dominated the runway for a subtle yet effective sense of continuity throughout the show.
Neapolitan stripes and a touch of fancifully rendered broderie anglaise sweetened pieces like this knit sweater and swaying midi skirt.
From the Roman inlands to the Mediterranean shoreline: ethereal gowns glided down the catwalk speckled with glinting sea creatures rounding out a truly grand Italian tour, indeed.
We moved from Italian days to the mysterious nights of Alexander McQueen. Creative Director, Sarah Burton, drew inspiration from her recent Japanese excursions, executing a collection framed with minimalist kimono-style lines, luxe samurai sandals and oddly entrancing warrior headgear.
Along with the lacquered frames and belted silhouettes, metallic finishes and open knits were reminiscent of chainmail armor softened with a strangely feminine allure.
Even fresh, powdery pinks and rounded doll-like shoulders packed a heavy punch, given weight with solid black prints and strong, modern lines.
At once carnal yet seductively refined, Burton managed to take the SS15 collection to beguilingly strange new heights.
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