After viewing Valentino’s breathtaking Fall Couture show, my mind immediately went to Grace Kelly in Rear Window, and her grand ensembles – even during the day. With Leonardo da Vinci’s quote “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” front and center on their mood board it is no wonder their couture show took on a different approach. “We believe that couture can be a private luxury—not just for the red carpet or special occasions,” said Maria Grazia Chiuri. “So we wanted to really work on day wear for the first time.”
Make no mistake this was not your normal RTW day wear, this was luxury and craftsmanship at its finest. Day wear that can turn anything you do while wearing the pieces into a major event. Day wear such as a herringbone coat collaged with double-faced cashmere etched with lions’ heads, an amazing caped coat and dress in camel double-faced cashmere with neat, rounded shoulders, a cape-backed gray tweed sheath dress or a herringbone pencil skirt with a matching coat and lace blouse. Clothes that would make any girl feel like royalty while not looking ostentatious but classically chic.
There were also your ” typical” couture pieces that were visually more stunning. As style.com reported, “Cashmere caught between layers of lace, and more layers of net on a pencil skirt and matching coat. Or a long-sleeved black dress constructed from laser-cut black astrakhan embroidered with crystals that took five hundred hours to make. Or another coat that looked like silk Ottoman brocade but was actually hand-woven from the thinnest strips of raffia. Or the pièce de résistance, a gown and the train that fell from its shoulders stitched with 2,200 river pearls and gold thread.”
It was the combination of such luxurious simplicity and the quality of craftmanship in the more extravagant pieces that made this such a remarkable and awe-inspiring collection. Have Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli changed the face of future couture? If collections such as this one are the result, I say full steam ahead!