It’s barely 2015 and Valentino, under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Picciolo, presented their Spring 2015 Haute Couture collection in New York early this December. The garments were showered in a minimal color of white as an homage to the founder Valentino Garavani’s all-white collection in 1968.
There was a new introduction for the Valentino aesthetic with which we, as fashion enthusiasts, are familiar for the past seasons—minimalism. I almost mistook the collection for Calvin Klein if it were not for the flows of laces that have become a signature for this Italian fashion house. There were no complications in the direction of the designs; the focus was on the constructions, solidity, and collectivity. The show progressed from off-white silhouettes in ivory or light grey, to end with a pure white strapless gown that demands attention of the viewers to its subtle patterns. Materials varied from cashmere to silk, creating a sense of luxe that relies on modesty rather than extravagance—the true essence of minimalism.
Perhaps, for me, the highlight was the high collar in some of the dresses. The elongated effect that it has on the models’ necks gave an elegance to the walks, only to be completely turned around with deep cuts and sheer materials that exude provocation. Kudos to the designers, a collection that is pure white, pure excellence.
Photography courtesy of Valentino.