Classic style reinterpreted as an expression of progressive thought as an instrument to define the moment using the roots of the past to strive forward and embrace the future. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli turn to Pre-Raphaelite art for Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014-15 collection. They capture its lyricism and sensuality, symbolic richness, and the search for lasting values because they are disengaged from immediate circumstances and are close to the essence of human sentiment. They interpret Couture from a vibrantly pure perspective that captures the true sense of fashion design: the creation of something new through a continuous manipulation of icons and styles; free of nostalgia. They envisage clothes with Olympian simplicity that are classic in the timeless and profoundly contemporary sense of the word and exclusively worn with simple flat shoes, discovering a dimension of true poetry penetrated by unexpected sensuality.
The dialog with the past is translated into a glamorous game of recycling: pieces of tapestries are arranged on skirts like imaginative patches, while intarsia create Greek geometric shapes on furs, jackets and coats. Lightness is an element of distinction: in the quality of the clothes and manufacturing techniques, but also in an aesthetic composition that inserts a new couture interpretation of archetypical garments such as the white blouse, the pullover and sleek trousers that are usually associated with other worlds.