Valentino Fall 2015 Menswear
Valentino’s Fall 2015 Menswear collection is a kaleidoscope of rich colour and form. Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took their inspiration from the Parisian Ballet Russes, and the San Franciscan Beat Generation, for a bold free spirited ensemble.
Muddy deep tones of burgundy, burnt orange, both light and navy blue are punctuated by scarlet and royal blue. Geometric forms are repeated, mirrored and scaled, manipulating and enhancing the male form. Shoulders are exaggerated, chests are broader, and waists are pinched or belted with colour blocks. Chunky zippers are expressed on matching backpacks and even the runway conforms to this new brave tribal expression.
Although the spirit is a heady mix of Beat and Ballet, the geometric expression came from a chance online encounter with Melbourne-based artist Esther Stewart. When you view Stewart’s paintings the connection is immediate, strong graphic forms in solid colour with an intrinsic flair for palette combinations.
As Piccioli so succinctly puts it “Geometry is a new form of decoration”!