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Creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri married African and Roman influences that shaped a strong collection for Valentino Spring 2016 ready-to-wear. The lineup opened with black flowing numbers, while the following short dresses featured elaborate ethnic embroidery that was traced on sleeves and bodices. Models in colorful patchwork gowns walked alongside others dressed in leather cutout garments and paneled skirts infused with gold studs, which suggested a gladiator reference. Tie-dye parkas and animal print motifs on ensembles were among the extravagant lineup that also offered designs trimmed with feathers, swooshing fringes, and tribal beadwork that added an ethnic finishing touch to a well-executed collection that will have women running to the stores.

Founder: Valentino Garavani

Owner: Valentino S.p.A

Designer: Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri, 2007

Year Established: 1960

Spring 2016 Inspiration: Africa

Star Pieces: A sandy long sleeve sheer tulle dress with white beaded bodice that looks like it stepped out a nymph fairytale; a black and silver tiered fringe gown with a cutout neckline; and the variations of elaborate gowns featuring sheer materials, feathers, and Maasai beadwork.

The Middle Eastern Sale: Valentino proves very successful in the Middle East among its devoted clients as well as Arab celebrities. This glamourous, decorative, and chic collection will find a major following among our region’s well-dressed women.

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