STYLE DIARY: VALENTINO FALL 2015 HAUTE COUTURE
Antonia discovers Rome’s best kept secrets with the designers
“”It was one of the most unique, awe-inspiring and eye-opening experiences ever. I feel very privileged for having been part of it.”
So muses Antonia referring to Mirabilia Romae, the exclusive tour organized by Valentino Creative Directors Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli to celebrate their Fall 2015 Haute couture show, this time unveiled in Rome. A small delegation of high-profile international fashion insiders was invited to discover Rome’s most hidden treasures in private addresses where the designers had installed Valentino gowns from past seasons. “Maria Grazia and Pierpaolo were perfect and charming, entertaining and spending time with us.
The organization was flawless. At the Terme di Dionisio, for example, the atmosphere was magical with candles everywhere, medieval ballads and young girls playing the violin,” says Antonia. Other spots included the Depositi del Teatro dell’Opera, the Sala d’Armi at the Accademia Musumeci Greco, the Bagno di Diana, Palazzo Pecci Blunt, the Biblioteca Casanatense and, last but not least, an immersive 15 minutes spent admiring Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
As for the exquisite Couture collection, it mirrored the designers’ love for Rome and its unique identity in an increasingly global world.
They worked a dark mood of blacks, sparked up by deep reds, greens and gold, inspired by Roman flooring and tiles. The overall mood was sober and monastic yet sensual and artfully crafted.
Among the guests were Gwyneth Paltrow, Victor Alfaro, Silvia Venturini Fendi and Delfina Delettrez Fendi, Bianca Brandolini d’Adda, Alba Rohrwacher, Mika, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.