When the Ballet Russe meet the contemporary dance from NYC curated by Martha Graham, the mother of modern dance. And Merce Cunningham’s influence. Here comes Valentino’s Fall2016-2017. The real sense of fashion today is reflected in pianist Vanessa Wagner’s performance of works by John Cage and Philip Glass while models in ballerina-inspired fashion strutted down the runway.
Both of Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham improved the classic and romantic ballet into better thing, more artistic and roughly real! So do the golden duo of Valentino, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli who convey the contrary of femininity and roughness of human instinct into the garments. Everything was graceful, dreamy and beautiful. The creative directors said: “We want to invite our audience to live a beautiful moment with us.” Chiuri added: “We want this show to be about living your moments, feeling each moment uniquely. I really love fashion. This job we do is a good opportunity to describe the time we’re in.” This is what told from the wonderful pas-de-deux of fashion.
As we saw in tulle tutus in variations such an embellished number worn over a chunky knit or a sequinned body suit paired with an airy tulle and worn with a multicoloured cropped fur bolero. And ruffled, sheer, tiered and floaty dresses looked beautiful. Long, slim coats were all immaculately tailored. Imagine to the atmosphere of rehearsal studio full of dignified ladies and the idea was ballet dancers’ warming-up in pretty dresses and tutus over sweaters and footless tights, glitter-sprinkled tulle costumes. Heavy coats were thrown over tulle net dresses. There were roll neck jumpers, pleated long skirts, leather belts wrapped over dresses, shirts and tops, tutu’s with metal armour detailing and geometric print ,which inspired from Picasso avant-garde costume design for Ballet Russe, coats. For evening wear, jewelled and crystal-embroidered nude colour tulle dresses, with their high necklines and delicate-yet-decent transparencies.
And the shoes are impressive as always. (If they’re to release now, I’d do anything to process it!) Those ballet pumps completed the look perfectly with a new nude strappy “Rockstud” slipper, a round-toed version of the house’s hit shoe which we’ve already write into Birls’ shopping list. So I bet these rock stud ballerina flats and cross-body bags match with guitar straps are on the top of our shopping list for the winter wardrobe. Oh god please let me be the prima donna of Valentino!