The Valentino Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2016/17 closes an important chapter in the history of the prestigious Roman couture house: the one-of-a-kind stylistic collaboration of creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. This was the last collection they presented together in Paris. Soon after, Maria Grazia Chiuri was named creative director of Christian Dior couture. She will present her first collection in January 2017.
For the Valentino haute couture collection autumn/winter 2016, the two Roman couturiers got their inspiration from the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death (3 May 1616). In their last collection together, they explore the idea of the theatrum mundi, the great theatre of the world, which was popular amongst writers in the Baroque period). They presented a series of true characters, each with their own name and special features, for instance Faith, Envy and Thanatos as well as Eccentricity, Innocence and Regality. Each outfit is like a true austere and balance portrait of a character: from the first mannish and military-inspired looks, featuring a micro jacket, ruffled neck shirt and boots that Hamlet would have definitely liked, to the last, super-feminine chiffon dresses, much to the delight of Juliet.
A magnificent finale of 26 years of creative collaboration between two couturiers who celebrate Italian beauty, style and elegance.
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