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Paris Fashion Week 2015: Valentino

Angela Shen |
October 6, 2015 | 6:21 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week exhibited a fashionable tribal collection that blended roots from nature with the classic elegance that the brand is known for.

The venue consisted of a simple oval-shaped, illuminated runway with just enough overhead lighting to let the clothes speak for themselves. The show started with piano music and seamlessly alternated between orchestral and electronic sounds.

The first few looks were single colored frocks, and there was a progression of more details as the show went on. Several dresses had loud, color-blocked shapes, while others were made of tribal patterns and prints. This collection does not shy away from using numerous types of materials and textures—leather, lace, wool, and many more made appearances, often integrated into one outfit.

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There was plenty of detailing, too, from fringes to beading to fishnets. Grass cuffs and feather collars nodded to nature as an inspiration.  Some pieces were even made almost entirely of metal-looking platelets, resembling gladiator armor.

Every outfit was complete with a bag that had an element of design from the clothes. Strappy sandals and chunky jewelry made of stones or depicting animals were common accessories.  Each model had the same hairstyle of thin braids that were pulled back into buns with a few ends hanging loose, and makeup was kept to a bare minimum with emphasis on highlighted cheeks.

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The last set of dresses was the most elegant and combined the tribal theme with the class evident in other Valentino collections. Intricate designs created with unexpected materials made unique looks that were both edgy and elegant.

Valentino’s SS16 collection was an innovative one that used plenty of resources to create raw, authentic, yet fashionable clothes. This proves that the tribal style is one of many that Valentino can tackle.

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