Imagine watching a runway show where the models are walking in exclusive Couture gowns and then you notice that they are wearing tan-coloured sandals with them. This is what occurred at Valentino’s SS17 Couture show. You would think pairing a basic-looking flat shoe would subtract from the beauty of the gowns, right? Wrong. With the straight silhouette we saw demonstrated, the sandals created an illusion as though the models were floating in their dresses. Not in a paranormal way either, but graceful and romantic. Every garment was floor-lengthed to enhance this and endless amounts of chiffon concluded.
As well as hovering ensembles, Valentino offered a colour palette that resembled a bouquet of roses: dusty pink, pure white and deep red. Even one of the gowns was covered in the passionate flower.
In the midst of Couture Week when we are bombarded with images of extravagance and excessive crystal embellishments, Valentino romanticises a softer appearance. When other designer gowns command attention, Valentino’s simply whisper, “I’m here.”