It was the most fantastical history lesson at Valentino’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Couture show, as Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli reproduced romantic impressions of the ancient Imperial days of Rome. The design duo distilled toga dressing down to its essence, and presented a line-up of Spartan stark gowns with leather corsetry, sheer chiffon feathery dresses with plunging necklines and cross-back detailing, and mini dresses with appliquéd designs directly on the garments – all paired with iconic gladiator sandals.
In a way, the collection was astoundingly simple, yet resplendently couture due to remarkable handwork and overt adornment. The inventively theatrical constructs of enfolded and knotted silk in this collection, was pure magic. “It’s our past we’re thinking about,” said Chiuri. “Something graceful, regal and a bit more pagan, this time.”
Mission accomplished. This collection was a reverie of modern day supernaturals in storybook gowns.