NYFW: Red Valentino
(Images via Vogue)
I’ve never followed Valentino‘s less-expensive line, Red Valentino, as presented during New York Fashion Week, particularly closely (if, to be honest, at all), but as the event ramps up for the F/W 2017 season with a couple of pre-show presentations the day before, I found myself looking a little more closely at the charming offerings proffered at the likewise always-alluring Chelsea Hotel.
According to Vogue, for the upcoming season, the house was inspired by the hotel itself as mashed together with–wait for it–Amish country. “There’s something that fascinates me about the Amish community,” explained designer Pier Paolo Piccioli, adding that “the founder of the Amish, Jakob Ammann, was a tailor was interesting to me, too. He understood the influence dress had on life.”
Interestingly enough, the two disparate themes swam together quite nicely, all in line with the detailing that the grown-up house of Valentino so relies on: embroidery, lace, and flounces. It was utterly charming, for the most part, if, only occasionally, a bit of an odd sell at times with the one of two looks that didn’t quite take the mashup as sweetly as the rest.