RUNWAY: Valentino SS16Valentino's Maria Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli have been busy. A few months ago they created an exclusive all-white couture collection shown in New York. Next month, they head to Rome to show an exclusive couture collection to celebrate the Italian label's heritage. And they created a menswear collection with 73 looks. This is a testament not just to their creative prowess but also the hard work of the men and women that make up the multiple ateliers at Valentino.
As for the expansive SS16 men's collection, it was rooted in globalism. There were elements of Asia, Africa, America, and, of course, Europe. Dragon motifs showed up on a denim jacket, ethnic prints from the Americas and Africa were littered throughout the collection, on straps of sandals to accents on coats, while tailoring was strongly rooted in Europe's sleek and slim silhouette. There was even a bomber with a makeshift map of Earth. Souvenir coats with applique flowers felt kitschy and fun while a myriad of denim clad models showed that casual-wear can be made haute with Valentino's bespoke denim. All this and more gave the audience that included former-One Direction member Zayn Malik much to ogle at. Lastly, it would not be a Valentino show without camouflage and there was plenty to be seen.