Valentino Fall Winter 2015.
Paris Fashion Week
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For a while now, the Valentino show had been circled on my calendar as one of those, Make Sure Nothing Else has been Scheduled Hours Before appointments. In shooting Burberry earlier this season in London, I felt that that was a high watermark in my photographing career—ever since I began covering fashion weeks seasons, that was the one collection I’d trade in all other collections to see. But to be fair, as much as I love Burberry, the pomp and circumstance that surrounds that show (as with Chanel and a very few others) is a contributing factor to my salivating at the chance. With the Valentino fall winter 2015 nod, my feelings were very different, though I did not take it lightly. Valentino represents the highest end of legacy brands, a design reputation as royal as the likes of Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, Celine… But you already knew that.
Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli really went all out with a collection that placed emphasis on beauty (as opposed to sophistication, a term I use way too much for Ready-to-Wear collections I attend, though that’s not a bad thing, either). The tricky part is marrying that beauty with functional lines that can walk out of the house or limmo, and here Chiuri and Piccoli really excelled. I could go on, but really if you’re here, it’s for the dresses.
Or Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson breaking out Zoolander and Hansel! By the way, being there when it happened, hands down the biggest ovation I’ve ever seen on a runway, and possibly ever. Let me get out of the way now.