Valentino is available at Indulge Floor, Starhill Gallery, 03-2141 1348
Clothes are instruments for expressing and protecting one’s individuality: they make personal statements and are not subject to universal rules. Fashion as a language of style and a system of details and elements.
For Valentino’s Fall 2014 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli reflect upon the theme of eccentricity. Attenuating the excessive, costume-like aspects, they have preserved their resolute search for anything that is unique and special. To it they add masculine rigor, seeking to establish a balance that continuously evolves.
The result is as unexpected and brilliant as a kaleidoscope: it is a repertoire that can be drawn from to freely create different looks according to one’s eye and personal instinct.
The delicate, fragile butterfly represents the multi-faceted character of the collection.
Printed, embroidered, and woven in brocade fabric, it captures the spirit of change and the idea of a positive yet melancholic frivolity. It appears on all sorts of garments: on pyjamas, created for outside wear in the form of a suit.
On the heat-bonded, printed or embroidered coat, the butterfly becomes the motif of a pretty camouflage print, allowing one to conceal oneself in an airy femininity.
And it is a sensational intarsia on furs. A taste for frivolous things which are a part of human nature, can be seen in the use of feathers as details and trim on narrow collars for dresses and coats but also as airy, glamorous textures on men’s style Oxfords.
Menswear and womenswear blend day and night, contradicting protocols and rules. Capri pants are paired with tweed tunics to create a new type of suit. Herringbone tweed coats open to reveal ultra-light dresses, whilst Prince of Wales checks are brought to life with embroidery.
The silhouette is vertical and dynamic: capes – transformed into a jackets, pea coats and dresses - are the protagonists and worn with long, tailored Bermudas and pencil skirts. The silhouette softens in tunics, wide-leg trousers, and knitwear outfits.
The concept of blending different elements is expressed through intarsia on furs and on shearling coats with a rug-like texture.
Elements multiply, intersect, and are layered, creating a constant sense of surprise.
Classic elements of Valentino’s contemporary style are inserted in new visual textures: embellished lace is used on dresses and suits, dresses are fluid and sleek, and volumes and details are inspired by haute couture.
Low boots, men’s style Derby shoes, platform shoes with chunky heels, and fur stoles offer additional opportunities for personal expression.
A classic selection of colors and materials is featured: menswear wool, super-fine silk, and crepe come in a faultless palette of gray, camel, and moss green brightened with acidic shades of orange and green.