Valentino's Fall 2016 Haute Couture show, presented by the amazingly talented duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, took place at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris.
This was the final Valentino show designed by the duo, as the brand confirmed the departure of Chiuri, appointing Piccioli as its sole creative director. Chiuri is taking Raf Simons' place at Dior, and marking the brand's 70-year history as the first female creative director.
For the couture collection, Chiuri and Piccioli took an inspiration from the Shakespearean world, turning it into a modern romance, accentuated by the soundtrack from "Romeo and Juliet" by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.
The show started off with crispy white shirts paired with bodices, pants and full skirts, followed by black dresses with white Elizabethan ruffed collars, after appeared the flashes of that signature Valentino red that added more drama. Almost all pieces were worn with flat riding boots.
A gown made from taffeta was adorned with hand painted animals — a unicorn, a bird and some floral prints. There were some sheer, chiffon gowns with delicate embroideries.
The dramatic show closed with an oversized red crimson cape that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have designed for La Traviata opera. What a spectacular way to end the couture week.
Photos by VALI BARBULESCU