In less than one week from now, it will be Fashion Week in Berlin. Really though, it’s more like Spring Fashion Months. During the next two to three months, we’ll be seeing more new fashion than we’ve seen since the conclusion of the Fall Fashion Weeks. Every year I become slightly more obsessed with Instagram during Fashion Week. Most people I know in real life don’t “get” high fashion, but I love it.
My favourite house is Valentino. I could write a separate blog post about all the reasons why I love Valentino, but for now I will explain it to you in an analogy. If you own a TV, you’ve probably heard of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones revolutionized television. It was the first of it’s kind; it’s like the producers decided, you know what, let’s just make this the most kick-ass show that ever existed. Let’s take this amazing story and show it to the audience in explicit detail, and let’s make it over an hour long with no commercials. Valentino is to fashion as Game of Thrones is to television. To me, Valentino sets the standard for Fashion Week.
So you can imagine my surprise when, a week before the Spring Fashion Months begin, I’m scrolling down my Facebook timeline and I see that Valentino have released their Pre-Fall 17 collection under the creative direction of Pierpaolo Piccioli. It’s like when there’s a new Game of Thrones trailer just before the new season is going to start; you get enough detail to satisfy your curiosity, for the time being.
This collection reminded me of my television habits for another reason. The colonial collars and delicate detailing on the new dresses belong in the future seasons of Westworld.
These six looks most accurately convey what I’m saying. Not only do these outfits make me want to re-watch season one, but they also make me wish I was a character on the show and this was my wardrobe. Valentino are known for their delicate details, which may not last long in Westworld or the lands of ice and fire, but in my opinion there is something very beautiful in what is fleeting. To me, the temporal nature of beauty is part of what this collection is about.
You might notice that a lot of these pieces are see-through with embroidery on them. In my opinion, Valentino make the best looking tulle and chiffon dresses on the runway. Most of the fabric is translucent, but if you look closely, you’ll see the beautiful embroidery on the dresses. To see the details up close, please find the high resolution images on the Valentino website. You can click on any of the images to get there.
Another one of my opinions is that Game of Thrones has been influencing the fashion industry for a long time. Oversized fur coats have always been in fashion but the details and the silhouettes we are seeing are new.
Everything about these looks simultaneously screams “winter is coming” and “valar morghulis” (all men must die, for those who don’t watch the show). The oversized collars give a structural silhouette like the men of the Night’s Watch yet the models are delicate as Sansa Stark. Most importantly, the pant suits underneath the jackets look comfortable. I don’t know about you, but I personally believe that beauty is comfort. One of my favourite things about Valentino are their clothes never look too tight or uncomfortable.
One last theme that runs through the collection is that of nostalgia. The floral patterns and hemlines above give a subtle nod to the 60’s and 70’s, but some of these looks completely embody those groovy vibes.
You don’t need to “get” high fashion in order to see where designers are drawing their inspiration from. To see the entire collection and decide for yourself, click here.