Oh, Valentino; you always give the people what they want...
Seeing out Couture Fashion Week in beautiful style, the labels' creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri sought inspiration from the greatest, albeit hopeless, romantics of all time, giving us a fashion and history lesson all rolled into one.
Celestial elegance is something we've come to expect from the French design house and that's exactly what they offered up for spring/summer 2015 couture in the form of raw-edged silk chiffon, wafer-thin tulle and intimate lace.
The necklines were high, the dress lengths were low and everything in-between was nothing short of divide. Delicate gowns appliqued with hand-sewn thread-bare rainbows and adorned with a scattering of silver lame clouds took us to the heavens and beyond, while the stronger silhouettes of tudor-style corsets and dense shearling vests brought us back down to earth. Not that we're complaining...
Traditional folk embroidery was predominant in the collection's earlier ensembles with everything from regal gowns and pinafore dresses to billowing trousers and shapely capes being given the stitched twist. The fabrics were heavy — they have to be to carry all that extra weight — and provided the perfect canvas for the artisans to show off their awe-inspiring needlework.
Following the hand-stitched suit, the collection began to make the transition from earth to the skies. As the materials became more weightless, the embroidery became less pristine and the colour palette became beautifully paler to create a dreamlike aura. The connection? Marc Chagall; a Russian-French painter heralded as one of the great romantics of his time. His less-than-affluent upbringing in his native Belarus is juxtaposed with his ethereal, whimsical paintings; a notion that transcends throughout the looks. 'He had an incredible life, very hard, but he maintained his optimistic vision', Piccioli said of Chagall.
Scribed with verses from poetry and literature were enough to make the most-season couture FROWer swoon, with Dante's work Inferno making a debut on the collection's most spectacular gowns.
For the more demure woman, the collection's rich, velvet gowns in deep burgundy, soft black and heavenly blue are sure to delight.
We, for one, wouldn't mind being every single version of its S/S'15 couture girl. Yes; when it comes to Valentino, we really are that greedy...
Check out more of our favourite looks from Valentino's Spring/Summer 2015 Couture show below.