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Italian fashion house Valentino has paid tribute to William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death this year. Grand Elizabethan chic with a twist was the style that Valentino’s designers Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri produced for their — typically — magnanimous couture spectacular. Yet, much of the front row chatter centred on the fact that it would be newly bottled-blonde Chiuri’s last collection for the storied house.

The Valentino show was specifically inspired by the bard William Shakespeare, but in the process it also reminded us of the “intellectual” nature of the ever-artistic house, and most of all, the close relationship between the two arts of theatre and clothes-making.

White Renaissance ruffs and embellished fur petticoats were mixed with Game of Thrones-style perforated dramatic black warrior mini-dresses to define the immediate aesthetic.

From crisp small white ruffs on black satin dresses to larger nude or tulle ruffs on flower embroidered organza floor-length see-through dresses and oversized carmine red ones attached to capes, ruffs were ubiquitous. Criss-cross sleeves and gathered silken skirt then added to the on-theme bard-like imagery. Valentino’s designers do best when they stay in their tried-and-tested realm of 16th and 17th century goddesses.

And this strong collection was a case in point.



On Thursday, Valentino confirmed that Maria Grazia Chiuri, one half of the house’s creative director team, would be leaving her post after eight years. Pierpaolo Piccioli, her longtime design partner, has been nominated to continue as the sole creative director of Valentino.
A press release from Valentino simply states that Grazia Chiuri has left to “pursue a new professional experience.” According to unconfirmed reports two weeks ago, Dior has chosen Grazia Chiuri as its new creative director and was later confirmed on Thursday, July 7th 2016.

Grazia Chiuri  will be the House of Dior’s first-ever female creative director and one in a small club of women heading up major fashion houses.


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