VALENTINO SS2015 MIME bag is the key push and one of the signature product. The Valentino MIME bag is the four underling prints of the RTW collection that are presented in the handbags category as a printed leather patchwork. Once the leather panels are printed with a digital technique, the four designs are combined together like a patchwork on the different bags.
This group is composed of 5 different practical styles that differ not only in shape but also in functions use. They are further distinguished by leather covered metal closures. The MIME bags are also presented in a modern colour blocking variation in the colours of prints.
Travels in Italy. The search for roots that tell a modern-day story without nostalgia. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are inspired by the 18th century tradition of the Grand Tour, an educational trip taken by cultured young Europeans to explore the art, philosophy and traditions of Italy.
Retracing the different stages of the journey, the heart of which lies in Rome and in its vestiges of classicism, they come to understand its profound raison d’être: travel as a storyline and instrument of knowledge, a way to observe reality with a keen eye and recount it with a free mind.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli layer universal fragments views and souvenirs, scarf prints and baroque blooms, classic ruins and seascapes, virginal purity and the sense of superb artisan craftsmanship and use them to compose an impalpable and personal language that describes the figure of a fragile yet strongly present woman.
Travel as an accumulation of notes and memories suggests the spontaneous gesture of closing a bag with a scarf or tying amulets and souvenirs to sandal laces so that they will not get lost. Colors are combined like memories, some faded and others vivid: white, light pastels, linden green, baby blue, and vibrant notes of indigo blue, cinnamon, military green, and black.