Italian luxury fashion house Valentino presented their spring/summer 2016 collection at Paris fashion week spring 2016. Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli finally left Italy behind as the starting point for their inspiration and moved on to Africa – its culture and traditions. They stated: “We probably feel that the greatest privilege in doing our work is that fashion can give a message. We think every person coming here is an individual, and we can show that we can improve ourselves by understanding other cultures. The message is tolerance. And the beauty that comes out of cross-cultural expression.”
Africa means emotions and spirituality, sensuality and human touch are the key to the persistent research of beauty as an expression of virtue. The collection expresses totemic and primordial grace. At the center of this story is a powerful and persistent figure with an incisive, vertical silhouette. Long tunics are held at the neck by necklaces and ornaments, while prints are concentrated on long dresses with a simple ancestral taste. Natural and earthy shades make up the color palette: black, ivory, ebony, beige, dark red and forest green.