Paris Fashion Week SS16: Valentino

Paris Fashion Week SS16: Valentino

Tribal couture

Text: Dora Aljoofri-Shrestha

Valentino’s SS16 collection is a true testament to the maison’s unparalleled craftsmanship

The inspiration: Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli turns to Africa for Maison Valentino's SS16 breathtakingly primitive yet regal collection, drawing inspiration from different tribes and incorporating their cultures into the brand's well-loved Roman aesthetic.

The details: Fringed benefits came in the form of delicate peacock feather cuffs and splice leather highlighting the excellent skill and workmanship of the maison. Tribal motifs and patterns were hand-painted by artisans onto the bags.

Favourite look: We really can't choose, but if we had to it would be look 81. How does one make raw materials so covetable and desirable? Tiered fringing in pastel shades and that fringed hay-like sleeves is primitive but oh-so elegant.

Something you might have missed: Dresses were kept with high-necks for modesty, but when turned around, many of the stunning couture-like dresses were backless.

Overheard from the front row: While everyone agreeed that it was the best show of Paris Fashion Week thus far, the only thing editors wished was done differently was the use of more African models in the show. After all, this was a collection inspired by the country's rich culture and done to create awareness on the alarming need to help African refugees coming into Europe. 

To see the full collection, click on the gallery below.

For all coverage of Paris Fashion Week SS16, click here