Sticking to the bohemian spirit of its fall collection, Valentino’s spring lineup deftly blended opulent patterns with lightweight fabrics including silk, chambray and viscose blends.
Creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli said the collection was inspired by “outsiders and freethinkers” with a taste for “silent sedition,” but there was nothing quiet about the prints they sent out.
They ranged from an ornate bestiary motif on an oversize beige trenchcoat to a Fifties-style pattern of dancers on a powder blue pajama suit.
Floral and abstract prints came deliberately mismatched, sometimes three at a time, on shirt, jacket and pant combos. Colorful butterflies embroidered on an army surplus-style khaki jacket had a Woodstock vibe, also echoed in a pair of suede hippie jackets, one of which had a peacock appliqué covering the entire back.
These were offset with plenty of more low-key options, such as long polo shirts, zip-up jackets and softly tailored pants in a dusty palette including maroon, sand and slate blue. These combined roomy shapes with precision cutting to crisply modern effect.