January is a busy month in Paris. With the Haute Couture week, Paris Deco Off and Maison et Objet, Paris beams with the finest designs and an influx of international creativity. In this city of light and arts where Mariano Fortuny grew up, Italian haute couturier Valentino unveiled a magnificent haute couture collection where Venetian textile legend met Japanese embroidery and early 20th century modern dance.
Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri of Valentino turned to Fortuny for archival patterns, burned velvets, printed cottons and pleated Delphos dress, made famous by his sartorial dancer muses in the early 20th century. Barefooted maidens strode down the petal-lined pathway, their gilded jewels and floaty medieval dresses covered Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild in a dreamy aura. The ethereal show once again evokes an interest and a longing for the timeless elegance of Fortuny’s fabrics.
Among the distinguished spectators was Valentino himself. The new year had kicked off with all the good news and promised many more exciting projects.