Spring has sprung! An ethereal, charming and romantic woodland suited for beautiful, mythical creatures (the dream setting for my future wedding!). With no distinct colour palette – there was earthy, dusty tones with monochrome black and white and hints of glistening metallics. It was as though it was a cycle of day and night in a fairytale garden, full of life.Embroidered shooting stars, 3d floral organza, delicate pleats, velvet appliqué and volumes of delightful silk tulle – heavenly. It is clear that the creative Maria Grazia Chiuri has an inspiring fascination with natural beauty and the natural universe itself. Her celestial designs always possess poetic feels with reoccurring earth and oceanic elements weaved through.
I can’t help but associate Maria with Valentino as I LOVED the art that Maria and Pierpaolo Piccioli created and when I think of Maria I picture romantic goddesses, embellishment, sheer fabrics, texture upon texture, elegance, shooting stars, mystical crescent moons and butterflies. It was incredibly easy to say, “that’s so Valentino”, you just automatically knew.This collection is also reminiscent of Valentino’s SS16 couture collection, where barefoot models worn nymph like, earthy toned tulle gowns and metal serpents in their hair (present in this collection, too). In Valentino’s SS15 RTW collection, there were also references to the sea with embroidered underwater creatures and shells. I see it as her gratitude towards all forms of life, which is quite inspirational.
I loved the models subtle yet dewy makeup with simple, tiny stars placed in the middle of each eye (wish I could wear those little stars on my face every day). The use of metal thorn branch chokers in comparison to fluid dresses and pretty floral headdresses, to me, was the portrayal that the woman is both strong and impactful but elegant and confident.
One of my favourite looks has to be the shimmering gold strapless dress with star detailing, that had graceful thin straps loosely draping off the shoulder as though they was delicate tree vines floating in the air. (A possible dress choice for the Oscars for someone?).My favourite looks:Really wishing I could have that bronze floral belt that was worn over a sheer organza navy gown – lovely! This ultra-feminine and exceptionally crafted collection makes me excited to see what else Maria Grazia Chiuri has in store for Christian Dior.Lucie xo