VALENTINO SS2016 Men Collection traveling in style, accompanied by an ever-changing soundtrack, adopting other cultures and worlds as a tool for writing one’s personal story through clothing is the journey that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have embarked on for the new Valentino collection.
This song-filled journey freely interprets Bruce Chatwin: a geographical and psycho-geographical collage in which music is the channel for entering in contact with another place and absorbing its spirit to tell a completely new story.
Travels are always seen through the eyes of the travelers that endlessly create and recreate reality. The result is a glamorous, liberating polyphony that focuses on the man and his inalienable individuality. The link and signature of the collection is the exquisite artisan workmanship of Couture, which is a defining and distinctive trait of the maison.
Suggestions, recollections and references overlap in this multicultural style concept. Customization is recurrent through the use of appliqué patches, customized details on jeans, and embellishments that evoke fond memories.
The techniques used to create this continuous blend of ideas and aesthetics are unexpected and surprising. Five-pocket jeans have heat-bonded seams and Hawaiian shirts use the thermal printing process. Souvenir jackets, with textures and decorations, become pages of a thrilling diary to be worn.
Surfaces come to life like stories told and songs sung: they teem with imaginary animals, beading, and floral prints. Stylistic rules shift and solutions change: the sailor look veers towards a more mysterious mood, while outfits with military allure are made of crisp wool with sartorial aplomb.
Denim - the textile of choice for contemporary storytelling, a democratic material able to adapt to everyone’s body and life - is given a couture interpretation through the unique savoir-faire of Valentino’s ateliers, transformed into garments defined by the white markings on the selvedge.
Pieces are freely combined and never defined: the punk rocker trench coat is paired up with the Hawaiian lei made with leather laces and denim jeans with a Japanese vibe. The jumpsuit and fanny pack introduce a note of unconventional practicality.
Slip-ons turn into espadrilles, sneakers are embroidered, and guitar straps embellish shoes and backpacks. Authentic, masculine colors - ranging from black to military green, blue and beige - are always interrupted by textured patches and embellishments that express a concept full of intuition, instinct, and emotion.