Couture shows aren't solely made of high-priced meat dresses, fire hydrant fascinators, or basically anything that looks as if it might draw blood when worn. Sure, this is a time when the most rebelliously artistic designers get to showcase the explorations of their creative mania, but the Parisian shows also serve as the greatest reminder that regardless of what anyone believes, fashion most certainly can represent some of the finest works of art ever produced by human hands.
For Valentino's Spring 2015 Couture collection, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli proved once again that sublime ingenuity is all in the daintiest details of specialty fashion. There's a reason haute couture costs what it does (more than 19th century fine art in some cases); designers begin where they all do, with a mood board of inspiration before color schemes and textiles are selected and patterns are drawn, but how these one-of-a-kind pieces differ from that of their mass produced fourth cousins is great. Twenty ready-to-wear sheaths see their fifth birthdays by the time one couture gown receives its last hand-strewn bead. The latter aren't only exquisitely tailored and fastened, they are wholly exclusive. Duplicates do not exist in the couture universe; no two pieces are alike. To own a couture item is owning a true original.
Chiuri and Piccioli have romanticism down to a steady science. Their latest couture collection is of no exception. Shakespeare; the purest love, and dramatic heartbreak all serve as obvious inspiration. Gowns practically floated down the runway as dreamy, moody confections. Color palettes were that of heart-pumping adrenaline and emotions, much like experiencing lust and love for the very first, irrational time. The careful, delicate techniques the designers pour into every inch of every garment deserves a wealth of appreciation. These spectacular frocks are the epitome of what fairytale princess dreams are made of.
We applaud the sincere efforts, creative innovation and lovely accomplishments of a truly exquisite and inspired curation. Chiuri and Piccioli exemplify this better than almost any of their peers. If anyone ever tells you that artwork doesn't belong in closets, simply introduce them to Valentino Couture.