The Valentino Spring/Summer 2016 Haute Couture collection will take you back centuries to meet fashion nymphs! Read a review, see the gallery and discover our favorite looks.
With gold snakes slithering on the models’ foreheads and around the waists, tendrils of hair tied into knots behind the head, gowns touching the floor, intricate embroidery and threadwork involving flowers, leaves and butterflies, body chains with swirly gold designs and bare feet with anklets, you’d think you’re transported back to the ancient Roman times and meeting nymphs. Fashion nymphs, that is!
The silhouettes were ethereal – most of them were pleated gowns with plunging necklines and short or no sleeves. Others were flared dresses, kimonos, robes and capes. There was a lot of sheer which meant many naked dresses. Mixed with velvets, silks, brocade and lattice.
The color palette was earthy – with a lot of models wearing white, silver, gold and shades thereof – I could imagine them to be the nymphs of clouds. Where the others would be nymphs of the meadows, sea, mountains and springs – in hues of brown and grey, red, black, blue and green.
The patterns were really interesting, which ranged from dragons to trees to snakes and ancient Roman designs.
Here are the aforementioned body jewelry and anklets.
My favorite outfit was certainly this one gown that was brocade with damask pattern where the top and sleeves were sheer and the damask was cut-out and re-appliquéd onto the sheer tulle.
Valentino Spring Summer 2016 Collection: Gallery
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Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]