Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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Paris: This season, Maria Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took their audience on a round-the-world tour with Valentino. “Cultures becoming one culture – that’s what we find exciting”, they explained. And so came a grand melangé of global references, each look bearing exotic embellishments that made them feel personalised – without loosing their commercial edge. Looks came infused with Asian inspired botanicals or boy-scout-esque patches sewn onto an array of outerwear: Unicorns, elephants, dragons and tigers, meandered their way around silk souvenir jackets and military shirts, evoking a desire for exploration.1940’s inspired Hawaiian shirting came worn under leather bomber jackets- colour blocked in tropical hues. Elsewhere, denim made a huge statement; hand-stitched, thermal bonded or patchworked – this was more than your average pair of jeans – the designers commenting, “You can do couture with denim. We want to translate this value into pieces you can use in your real life.” And that was just the point – real life – Valentino’s collection represented high-end fashion, with unfathomable commercial appeal. – Anna Ross
Theme: Round the World Ticket
Key Items: The Souvenir jacket, Bowling shirt, Slim Chino, Bomber jacket, Pea coat, Workers overalls, Trench coat, Military shirt, Longline denim jacket
Colour: Sky blue, Mahogany, Lime khaki, Chino, Yellow lime, Oyster, Bronze, Indigo
Materials and Trims: Silk-cotton, Denim, Leather, Cotton, Satin, Scuba, Cotton, Cowhide
Print and Pattern: Thermal printed Hawaiians, Orchids, Camo, Mythical embroidery, Abstract floral,
Accessories and Footwear: Bum bags, Spanish sandals, Slimline rucksack, Espadrilles, Rucksacks
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