Fantasy has always had a special place in the fashion world, but in a season littered with angst and protest shows Valentino’s Fall collection proved a rare taste of decorative escapism. Adopting art history as an aesthetic much like Louis Vuitton did with their Masters handbag collection, creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli infused his flighty designs with a sense of old-fashioned romance to remind fashionistas and beauty gurus alike that simple values are not lost to society. That’s a deep message for a fashion show, but Valentin’s Fall runway pulled it off with flying colors. With fashion lines like this, there’s no excuse for you to be walking around in typical orange and brown when September hits. Take some time and browse Valentino’s uncompromising line of bold-colored dresses and elaborate prints to boost your fall wardrobe with otherworldly highlights. Your autumn deserves to be an interesting one.
One step up from jewelry, this dress features metal squares on layered strips of leather. It feels like a dress made with multiple belts hanging down from your waist. If you want to join the ranks of imitative punks this fall, a mixture of metal and leather will do the trick.
LIGHTWEIGHT AND LAYERED
Transparent outfits have been a huge hit on the 2017 runway and they’re continuing into the fall with more layers. You’ll need a thick wrap if you wear this dress out in the cold of late fall, but as a transition piece between August and September, it works like a charm.
The 3D patterns featured on this dress are all that keep its risqué top from bearing your chest full-on. Due to this revealing structure, you’re more likely to find situations where you can wear the skirt rather than the blouse. Try matching the lower half with a slogan tee to cover up while adding a dash of modern flair.
Fur coats have been getting more and more decorative in the last half of the 2010s. You can find them in every color and sometimes a tie-dye blend. This season, you’ll also find patterned designs to keep you warm. Notice how Valentino uses the thick coat to make their revealing dress less exposed. You can do that too.
Usually, we think of fabrics like velvet as formal and indulgent, but this golden yellow maxi from Valentino’s Fall collection draws out the comfortable elements of this material. If you only hop on one fall bandwagon this upcoming season, let this comfy trend bit it.
SLEEK TURTLENECK DRESSES
Blending 70s futurism with an 80s turtleneck, this shiny fabric top and textured dress embrace the soft fantasy elements of space-inspired fashion. Metallics tend to feel stiff and forced, but you don’t have to fall into that trap. Find a dress like this to get on your silvery fall sheen.
FEATHERS AS MORE THAN ACCESSORIES
Sequins-flecked feathers look nice tucked into a lapel, but the best way to make use of this natural material is allowing it to cover your entire body. Supported by a structure of thin lace, Valentino did just that, twisting long creamy white feathers into one of the fall’s most decadent pieces. Who knew this item could be so marvelously haute couture?
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
Reimagining Chanel’s signature design as a cardigan-topped tutu, this simple look seemed like a small reminder from Valentino and his team that not all fashion needs to be fantasy. Your fall can be a mixture of aesthetics to fit both society’s wish to escape and the somber international climate. If something flighty and ethereal isn’t you, be comforted by the fact that all-black is still in.
Of all the attractive things happening in Valentino’s Fall collection, the most notable is a renewed sense of imagination. Whether you’re wearing these ready-to-wear outfits or merely using them as inspiration, let the fantastical spark infuse your wardrobe next season. We can all use a little flight of fancy when the cold rolls in.
— Alice Becker