The words Amor Vincint Omnia ( Love Conquers All in Latin) were embellished by hand onto one of the beautiful dresses of the Valention Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 collection, describing the inspiration in heart and mind of creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli ‒ love.
This powerful human emotion was the focus of the accompanying show notes: “Love: Pure, burning, angelic, exhilarating. Love: All-consuming passion, an experience that elevates humans to paradisiacal ecstasy, transfigures the moment, and compels one to make supreme gestures …” and expressed in the range of heavenly clothes.
Held in Paris at the Hotel Salomon, the Valentino show setting was glorious ‒ from the runway music and pristine cloth where the guests were seated to the ethereal young models. Guests were dressed impeccably, some wearing pieces from the brand, and the atmosphere was quiet and intimate. Valentino’s show is always one of the most anticipated events of the Haute Couture season in Paris.
Looks from Valentino Haute Couture SS15
The first look was a dark velvet dress; it was followed with a series of more elegant dresses in varying colours ‒ cream, red, blue, ecru, and charcoal, among others.
Looks and details from Valentino Haute Couture SS15
Prominent use of embroidery in the form of flowers, sky, and an intertwined heart motif was evident on most of the garments. Pearls and glittering threads were also used to create a seemingly folkloric feel. Some of the gowns came paired with a cape, a bolero, or wool coat. Long embroidered vests were worn over light dresses. Corsets were also present, used to highlight the structure of a dress.
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At the “re-see” after the show, I was able to examine the smallest details of the couture pieces. The quality of the detail and craftsmanship used to express the theme of “love” is exquisite on every piece; continuing the trademark delicacy and quality of the house of Valentino.
Detailed images of the Valentino Haute Couture SS15 collection. Images: Onin Lorente
Despite the gloomy and cold weather in Paris that night, the love and warmth of the human heart (and the painstaking hard work of the atelier artisans) was clear in Valentino’s beautiful, beautiful gowns.