THE ULTIMATE ITALIAN LUXURY BRAND: VALENTINO PRE-AW 16 | New season collections (Insert Brand Name), bags, shoes, ready to wear | Parlour X

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As a stream of girls dressed as dancers going to and from rehearsals and performances walked past her on the runway to the backdrop of a pianist playing a composition by John Cage and Philip Glass, the Valentino show was about ballet, more specifically, the modern dance movement and its “happenings” a collection which was well thought and included a deeper commentary on slowing down and living in the movement, a more cultural aspects t of fashion, not just delivery clothes. No matter what theme runs through their collection, the designer made important the phenomenal success they’ve built by letting a recognizable identity develop over the years, and never skimping on the skill that goes into making their uniquely beautiful clothes. By exploring the worlds of Martha Graham, Merce Cummingham and the Ballets Russes brought up the imagery of dancers’ warm-up clothes, the layering of dresses and tutus over sweaters and footless tights.   In a season when few designers have thought about eveningwear, the huge variety of jeweled and crystal-embroidered nude-color tulle dresses, with their high necklines and delicate-yet-decent transparencies, will surely add even more to Valentino’s surging profits, although they are not news from this house. The beam of the fashion spotlight always searches out the avant-garde and the different—and this season it picked out the simpler, more flowing shapes; the fluid jersey dresses; and the extraordinary things in chartreuse, bottle green, and champagne-color silk velvet. Among the long, slim coats, all immaculately tailored, it was again the “outlier” fabrics that jumped out—a trench in black leather, an edge-to-edge raincoat in slick burgundy patent.   If you’ve been in a style spin and are looking for a fast track into a wardrobe update then start your sale purchase with the Valentino long-sleeved collared shirt, featuring a ¾ flared sleeve in 100% silk, the perfect sourced inspiration spotted across the style blogging world to provide some start-your-engines must-haves.   From a flared sleeve style in the colour ways Nero, grey/blue and melogrand to a more elevated style – the bat wing top with fitted waist also featuring a ¾ sleeve in silk is another style taking a turn in the spotlight this season. A non-negotiable, the blouse is mandatory and a style classic for any wardrobe and season, take cue from the IT girls of the industry such as, Aimee Song, Olivia Palermo, Kate Moss and Louise Roe on just how to make this blouse work for your everyday wear and personal style.   Looking for a more wow factor this AW16 season? Tempted by the latest elaborate trends but know that slipping on a simple dress can be ultimate in class and safety, its time to swap the classic LBD for a more statement packed style. The short-sleeved crew neck shift dress from Valentino is perfectly crafted with a beautiful and statement-making pattern of Astro couture print, falling just above the knee in 100%, this shift dress is a fashionable, easy-to-execute option this AW16, simplicity and understated in cut yet retro and modern is equal parts uptown (the clean lines and simple shape) and downtown (the Astro print and abbreviated hemline) making it a must-have for anyone! So take a cue from tastemakers like Kate Bosworth and Alexa Chung and try the sleek, streamlined shift dress spotlighting on sale at Parlour X now.   With numerous magical moments in the AW16 collection, one style that beamed the fashion spotlight was the long-sleeved collared shirt with ethereal bird print in 100% silk crepe de chine in the colour ways, blue and dusty pink.  The blouse of course is a must-buy piece with the of-the-moment colours and totally modern take on prints, resulting in an ensemble that is entirely office-appropriate, plus being very practical for everyday occasions. To see how eaily this trend works off the runway, look no further than today’s four trendsetters: Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, Elisa Sednaoui and Shelli Segal.   Convinced that your AW16 sale season wardrobe would not be complete without a ¾ sleeve knit top? Then Parlour X is convinced you’ll love and need the Lurex knit top in Africa/Silver colour way. Just skip the necklaces, nix of belts and put away the scarves because this knit will take center stage! Alternatively, look to the style of the season - fine knitted poncho with crew neck line and inlay fringing at the hemline, which is a currently style that has been in abundance of trendy must-haves to lust over and which has also been spotted on all of the fashion industries favourite tastemakers such as Suki Waterhouse, Halle Berry and Kate Moss further cementing its status as the season’s It-piece.

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