Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli wanted to share with guests their vision of Rome. “Everything is getting so global, it’s very important sometimes to be very local to talk about your identity,” Piccioli said. “The layers and layers of history which can exist even in one place, where ancient temples lie beneath buildings which have been used for centuries, even till today”. The symbolism of the Valentino couture show, staged in the open air on a balmy evening in Rome, was almost epic in its scale and depth of emotion. Color came in the deep reds and greens of Roman flooring and tiles, and in vibrant gold, including a beauty of a warrior look in embellished gold leather strips on black tulle. Clear references to the Middle Ages and the toga culture of the ancients — gladiator sandals and Alessandro Gaggio’s sculpted head wreaths and jewelry featuring wolves, griffins, bees and other animalia symbols — heightened the almost mythic aura.
Source: Vogue, WWD