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. When in Rome, do as Valentino does! Valentino’s stunning couture show, Mirabilia Romae, debuted in Rome. The show took place in celebration with the brand’s new flagship store and the Roman heritage of Valentino. The special show included jaw-dropping gowns, beautiful gold embellishments, and downright stunning designs. Commencing the incredible collection were the sleeve-less cape tops featured in 100% silk fabrication in the colour ways nero, bamboo/light mint and grey blue. Making headlines as a stylish case for the cape top, stars such as Nicole Richie and Louise Roe have been spotted sporting this season sale must-have for any wardrobe. Putting together an ensemble is an art form – its not just random separates that make an outfit, but rather how they’re styled, to be truly fashionable with this cape top style, layered the silk cady blouse over the strapless jumpsuit with wide leg pants to create the ultimate luxe outfit. This look can be worth day to night or with an extra statement necklace for the perfect style to a black tie. Want to take the look a step further, look to the sleeve-less turtleneck cape shift dress, following the popular style this season, the cape dress features in three different colour ways making it a suitable choice when considering a new LBD or an elegant look to your next formal occasion. Alternatively, for a more high-concept style moment tries incorporate the cape dress into your daily ensembles with a pair of flats or metallic kicks – you’ll surely veer to the front of the pack. Feeling the chill? Add the knit top with ¾ sleeves in silver Lurex to ease your stylish wardrobe into the cooling temperature. The spot-on, wonderfully stylish look managers to kill two birds with one stone by combining two of the biggest runway trends, metallic and knitwear. This wildly popular sweater with the perfect amount of textured lace underlying, makes it a must-have piece for all wardrobe this season and a natural subject for your next adventure with the girls! Moving to another season favourite, the fine knitted crew neck poncho with inlay and fringing at the hemline in the classic and chic colour way of black is a sale addition you can’t pass up. When it comes to cooler temps, this is one style every stylish girl owns, think knitted, ribbed, printed and more. When it comes to elevating your look or adding those final touches, nothing says elegant, chic and modern that the Valentino rockstud grained leather heels and flats, an icon design from the Italian fashion house.
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