Runway Report: Valentino AW16 Couture

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, Valentino decided to send out a flock of regal looking princes and princesses for the masses to view. Models who looked like they could walk off the runway and onto a casting of The Merchant of Venice, were adorned with white, frilly necklines, long shapes and old English-style hair and makeup.

Considering the fact that a few of Shakespeare’s plays were set in Italy, it is no wonder that the creative geniuses behind Valentino’s Couture show nailed each and every royal look. However, being surrounded by Italian flair and culture everyday may have something to do with it too.

With billowing sleeves and high necklines, the color palette only stretched beyond black and white, a smidgen. Monochromatic the collection may be, there was a true marrying of history and modernity between two very simple, yet chic colors. With historical detailing such as ornate jewels and brooches, mixed in with Valentino’s signature lust for embroidery, the Couture collection was definitely a 15 minute snippet into what Shakespeare’s dressing room would look like before curtain call.

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Sabi Datoo-Lalji is a British Fashion Editor and Consultant living in Chelsea, NYC. When she isn't dreaming about Valentino Rock Studs, Sabi can be found practicing yoga and finding zen-like havens for her blog ( Follow her whimsicle footprint on Twitter & Instagram @sabidatoolalji