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Valentino takes inspiration from Shakespeare for couture line

Valentino takes inspiration from Shakespeare for couture line

Valentino showcased a Shakespearean-inspired couture line as the last presentation for Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night (06Jul16).

The Italian fashion house went back in time for its latest collection, full of ruffles, tulle and velvet, as models walked to music from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.

It was a poignant event too, as it may be the last show creative directors Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri put on together, amid rumours the latter is to be announced as Raf Simons' replacement at French fashion house Dior. Their Elizabethan creations were certainly memorable if this does end up being the case, with countless stand-out pieces gracing the catwalk.

One model strutted in a floor-length red dress with a black section of material covering her shoulders, while a white ruffled collar poked out from underneath. A long metallic necklace added a touch of glamour to the relatively simple yet stylish number, while another girl rocked tight, shimmering gold and black pants with a matching long-sleeved top, with sheer white cuffs and frills around her neck.

Things were given a modern twist though, as the model in the top and trousers completed her outfit with chunky black boots, and another girl made a real statement in a sleeveless black leather dress with small cut-outs over her neck and a tasselled skirt.

Speaking to WWD backstage, Piccioli and Chiuri explained that rather than drawing inspiration from William Shakespeare's "stories, the plot or the protagonists," they instead focused on “the individual’s interior multiplicity." Each garment made an impact, especially a sheer, tulle brown dress and a black see-through gown with a poufy skirt both exposing the models' breasts underneath.

Piccioli is expected to stay at Valentino and go solo as creative director, with the company's statement of Chiuri's departure expected on Thursday (07Jul16). She would become Dior's seventh creator, picking up from Simons who left last October (16).

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