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  • Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae fall 2015 haute couture collection

  • Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae fall 2015 haute couture collection

  • Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae fall 2015 haute couture collection

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Valentino’s Mirabilia Romae fall 2015 haute couture collection

Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, Valentino’s creative directors, presented some days ago the brand’s fall 2015 haute couture collection that was conceived as a love poem to Rome, taking over the city’s famous Piazza Mignanelli. The square, which is placed right in front of Velentino’s headquarters in the sixteenth-century Palazzo Mignanelli, has a great symbolic meaning for the house since it’s where the celebrated couturier used to stage his legendary shows during the height of his career. Piccioli and Chiuri wanted to pay homage to both Rome and Valentino’s legacy, transforming Piazza Mignanelli with the help of Roman artist Pietro Ruffo and staging the show in the open air in order to connect the audience with the city’s magical atmosphere.

Their fall 2105 haute couture collection was as impressive as the evocative setting, with a series of almost monastic creations, mostly in black, so rich and beautiful that looked absolutely flawless. There was a sense of underlying sensuality, ready to explode, in the lacey gowns, strict but voluptuous velvet capes, elegant togas and richly embroidered dresses of the collection, with all clothes looking out of reach and absolutely wearable at the same time. Apart from the amazing black looks, the designer duo also showed some fabulous red dresses that paid tribute to Valentino’s iconic red, as well as a series of embroidered gowns in striking gold, adorned with leather flowers, leaves and wheat stalks. Last, but not least, a series of patchwork pieces stole the spotlight with their intricate geometric patterns inspired directly by the marble Cosmatesque floors of Medieval Rome.

The collection was accompanied by the sculptural creations of jeweler Alessandro Gaggio, including gold pendants, bracelets, rings and head wreaths that were adorned with ribbons, masks and animal figures like bees, wolves and griffins. “A show isn’t only about the dress, it’s also about the atmosphere, the music – it’s entertainment, just like theatre, and this is our own open-air theatre. It’s a moment to share the effortless beauty of this city, and we wanted to really open our door and invite everyone in to feel the experience and the lifestyle of Rome. We hope that’s what people will take away with them,” Maria Grazia Chiuri told British Vogue, explaining the inspiration behind a collection that will definitely remain in our minds for a long time.