Valentino Proves There's Nothing Wrong With Just Sending Beautiful Dresses Down the Runway
For Valentino creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, their Spring 2015 collection was inspired by travels through Italy in the 18th century, and with floaty dresses in sheer prints, it truly transported onlookers to a faraway seascape where seahorses and starfish are the only accessories needed (save for those delicately strapped gladiator sandals).
And while the 1700s were the focal point, the romantic blooms covering dresses and jackets in this collection followed suit with the subtle '70s touches we've seen throughout Fashion Month — and perhaps put boho chic back on the map with easy silhouettes and a series of white eyelet lace looks that somehow still evoked purity despite so many hints of skin. Embroidered details, too, were still a key touchstone, much as they were last season, and a mix of prints that didn't feel overwrought continued to set Valentino apart.
In fact, as the looks got progressively lighter and airier, it became clear that we weren't looking at immaculate construction and artisan craftsmanship at its finest. We were just looking at beautiful dresses. And there's nothing wrong with that.