Valentino's Dance-Inspired Collection Is Fit For an Everyday Princess
Hearing the name Valentino, one would expect to see a fashion show packed with fancy, flowy gowns and outfits fit for the red carpet. But for Autumn/Winter '16, the fashion house decided to switch things up. Signature elements like tulle, sparkle, sheer, and prints were still included in the mix, but the styling — which included chunky sweaters and even ribbed tights inspired by dance and ballet — made every piece seem completely wearable. Think "everyday princess," rather than a royal one.
As intense piano music played in the background, models ruled the wood-panelled runway in cozy layered looks that were made for movement. We saw bodysuits, turtleneck dresses, long wool coats, rockstud ballet flats, and even combat-like boots — aka the elevated yet warm options we know we'll be reaching for once Summer comes to an end. Even the most elaborate of dresses seemed somewhat toned down, layered over neutral tops that made us wonder, "Hmm . . . would we dare?" (The answer is 100 times yes).
But even the most detailed description wouldn't do it justice — this is one collection you must see for yourself. Read on for some of the highlights, then get a good look at every item from Valentino's show.
- Trends: Layering, bodysuits, turtlenecks, monochromatic outfits.
- Colours: Neutrals and earth tones like black, beige, gray, and green, mixed in with the occasional mustard and dark red.
- Shoes: Ballet flats, combat boots, cutout slingbacks, boots, crisscross styles, and character shoes.
- Accessories: Silver layers of necklaces and drop earrings.
- Bags: A variety of quilted styles that were decorated with studs and included chain straps.
- Details You Might Have Missed: Monochromatic styling where the tights or bodysuit matched the dress they were paired with.
- Key Prints: Geometric shapes and triangles, stars, and clouds.
- Who Would Wear It: Anyone looking to nail that "ballerina off-duty" vibe.