Valentino turns to Africa

Spring/Summer ’16 Collection at a Glance
After their winter ventures into the designs of the Wiener Werkstätte, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have been drawn to Africa for summer 2016. The designer duo connected the dots from flowing dresses, linen tunics and metal necklaces reminiscent of Ancient Rome to opulent raffia fringing, inlays and African tribal and batik patterns combined with fine lace. Hair was plaited into cornrows and tied up in a bun. Masai knot patterns – recognizable from craft fairs – and miniature metal masks serve as appliqué on handbags. The masks and the terracotta jewellery are the result of a collaboration with the accessory and jewellery designer Alessandro Gaggio.

Feathers or raffia-esque fringes on sleeves and necklines, beading on handbags and collars. Amulets and flat strappy sandals make us hope for a hot African summer.

Our Favourite
The transparent lace dress, combined with Gaggio’s ceramic necklace and worn under an ankle-length black summer coat with brightly contrasting beading.