VALENTINO AW2016/17 Women Collection is about to be there and to be filled with emotions as well as to live the moment.
The collection arises from a deliberation on eras and on the value of making fashion in a world that has become two-dimensional.
Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli offer a reply to chaos and to the uncertainty of present times, stepping away from virtuality in order to discover the essence of the contemporary in the unrepeatable physicality of an emotion:
in experiences that need to be truly lived, in person, and that no digital instrument can fully reinstate.
In this research of emotional tangibility and aesthetic reverberation, the Creative Directors endeavor the radical culture of the Happening - the performance that brings the spectator directly into the work of art, perceived as an interactive circumstance, transforming itself from passive contemplator to active subject - to ballet and music, expressions which are close to the most profound and unrestrained human perception, in every era.
Forms of instinctive and authentic, timeless, expressions. The collection is nourished by the conviction that life and art can approach one another through physical gestures.
Living a moment changes the perception of existence: from this standing point derives the sense of an analysis that keeps in mind the erosion of determinism of John Cage and the punk contrasts of Karole Armitage, the abstract gestures of Martha Graham and the movement in space and in time of Merce Cunningham, defines an expressive grammar made of lightness and austerity, grace and precision, opulence and purity.
From the Russian ballets, to the New York City Ballet, the unraveling of a non narrative thread that favors instinct to logic, releasing primordial energies.
Military coats protect impalpable dresses.
Floral tutus become meager tops; flared skirts are worn with reinterpreted ballet shoes.
Fluid draperies in jersey accompany the body.
Perceptive bewilderment characterizes the robes worn with silk stockings and dance sandals.
The dry precision of sartorial discipline, meets floral graciousness and flutters - multiple ruffles, fragile transparencies - in an atmosphere pervaded by a sense of levitas which is the equivalent of joy.
The woman is the protagonist of this illustration, free in her gestures and in her thoughts, subject of an experience that bestows to fashion the status of expression and imagination.
An experience that each present spectator, will accomplish alone, bringing to completion a creative journey, originated in the Atelier.
It is in this imaginative relation between dress, eye and fantasy, that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli nest the real sense of fashion, today.