The heart of Africa
When it comes to innovative jaw-dropping collections, Valentino never ceases to amaze us with a jolt of creativity that makes you want to get rid of your entire wardrobe, and start again. Let’s chat Spring 2016 collections here!
In terms of Valentino life overall, creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been spearheading the label for quite some time now, and the duo continually pushes the envelope to ensure the label is always living up to its name. Even so, there has been a shift in style. While embracing what women want, they have tapped into a hippie culture to paint a beautiful picture of modern feminism.
And back to the current collection, a tribal trend was definitely key. And with this Africa vibe in mind, came a crew of women decked out in cornrows to evoke a sense of « cross-cultural expression » Piccioli strived to convey. While making a statement about beliefs and interests, the Valentino show fashioned an epic collection of hand painted clutches and bags, tribal inspired jewels made by Alessandro Gaggio, while the shoes had tribal masks worked into the heel. This was craftsmanship at the level of couture.
Lastly to perfect the African vibe, hair stylist, Guido Paulo, created a look mixing braids and dreadlocks, worked in Masai style. Definitely a hairstyle, I would be happy to embrace 😉
I’m crushing over my head to toe Valentino ensemble for several reasons. Versatility is always a key element to me, and while this outfit is…on point, the pieces look fabulous as separates. This skirt is worthy of being hung in a museum. It’s also easy to dress up, thinking a bold black turtleneck tank, or toning it down with a white tee and flats. These butterfly heels are basically epic with anything and everything—from denim to dresses. I also love a good oversized piece, and this shirt is an easy winner.
Stay tuned for some behind the scenes collab action up next!
Images via Vogue.com