Valentino Fall 2018 RTW: The Collection We All Needed
Ever since watching "Valentino: The Last Emperor", I have been a huge fan of the brand. I'm pretty sure I cried the first time I watched it (documentaries have this effect on me). I also remember being worried about what would happen with the brand when Valentino Garavani stepped down. It's been 10 years since the release of that movie and I am so happy to say that Valentino has remained the amazing brand it has always been. With the creative direction of designer Pierpaolo Piccioli, Valentino is great hands.
There are so many fashion shows this time of year and it's so hard to keep up but one I'm always on the lookout for is the Valentino show. I'll be honest and admit that sometimes I'm a bit underwhelmed but this was not the case with the Fall 2018 Ready To Wear Collection. When I fall in love with a collection I usually do a quick view of the collection then slowly look through each look with a more detailed eye. I've looked through this collection at least 5 times now, it's true perfection!
I fell in love with the collection with the first look. Yes, I know that sounds crazy but the show opened with a gorgeous black model with her natural hair. As an African woman, this makes me very happy. As I looked through the rest of the collection I became even happier when I saw how diverse the show was. The show didn't just represent one type of woman, there were multiple races and looks featured. The makeup was simple and the hair was either pulled back or let loose which simply enhanced the beauty of the various models.
There are certain shows in which we expect a grandiose backdrop which can be really great but at times it can distract us from what we should be paying attention to, the clothing. The atmosphere for this show was perfect for the collection. It seemed to take place in a giant warehouse like space with windows that resembled Chinese screen panels. There was an array of greenery which created a cool juxtaposition against the black window panels. There was also greenery behind the giant window walls which eerily peeked through. Lastly, whoever set up the lighting should win an award.
I'm not even sure where to start because I loved every single thing about the collection. Color, texture, silhouette, and patterns, every aspect was perfect. There were a lot of "Lady of the Manor" look featured in the collection. For those of you who are not familiar with the "Lady of the Manor", she's a woman I made up in my head that is always gracefully ascending down marble steps. The collection featured scalloped edges that still looked sophisticated and not overly romantic or girl. I love a good floral pattern and throughout the collection, there were giant floral appliques featured. I was blown away by the color transition in the collection. It was a perfectly hued rainbow of wools and silks. I usually stay away from multicolored prints but I definitely thought to myself, "can I pull off this multicolored floral floor length cape?" I'm not sure exactly where one wear a floral wool coat to but I'm sure I can figure it out. Lastly, this collection made me excited for next winter. I never thought those where words I would ever say(or type) especially since winter isn't over yet. The chunky knit sweaters and fuzzy coats reminded me of my love for fall/winter fashion. To see the rest of this collection, which you MUST, go to The Impression.