Chez Valentino romance is always in the air and this season took inspiration from ballet and modern dance, which felt like a natural fit for the brand. Valentino Garavani designed costumes for the New York City Ballet four years ago, after all. But Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli debuted the collection with a string of edgier and mostly all black pieces—they felt like something a cool modern ballerina like Misty Copeland might wear in her time off or on her way to the ballet studio. Bags were slung across the chest and combat boots were paired with tulle skirts and pleated dresses.
The collection then moved gracefully into a series of nude numbers reminiscent of modern dance. These also allowed for Grazia Chiuri and Piccioli to include their incredible embroidery and detailed beading on ephemeral tulle gowns. Even the trendier velvet dresses and the starry sequined numbers felt like investment pieces that could outlast the decade in which they were debuted. And if you’re lucky enough to afford any beautifully crafted piece from Grazia Chiuri and Piccioli, you hope even the most delicate number will last a lifetime.