Designers at some point all seem to find themselves to the original fashion plate herself, Marie Antoinette. It's inevitable, like the tides. Every designer worth their salt will in one way or the other, come to the Trianon and find their inspiration there. what they do with it is up to them, but the spirit of the beheaded royal is always seemingly hovering about waiting for a designer to commiserate with her past styles and ways of dressing. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli would seem to be two designers who would for certain, not be immune to Maria Therese's charms. the cute and playful Spring 2016 collection that they whipped up for their Red Valentino label was the perfect playground for the designers and the Queen to commune.
With plenty corset detailing and much in the way of filmy, frothy, flimsy laces and tulles and point d'esprits abounding, the collection came off as very cutesy, almost to the point where it teetered on jejune, these were not "SERIOUS" clothes with a capital S, but Gay and Naïf with a healthy dose of pretty! There perhaps, were too many pieces to keep one interested from beginning to end and a palpable sense of the predictable seeped in and wouldn't disappear towards the end. but the clothes were definitely made for Chiuri and Piccioli's girlish-of-all-ages client base and gave them plenty of delectation for their money.
The only drawback, the outfits came off, one too many times in fact, as frankly, childish. Too baby-doll precious and too devoid of real substance, that a great deal of women would find them more appropriate to their toddler than themselves. But, still and all, some women make their lives on dressing half their age, and styled in a different way, the pieces can refresh and brighten a wardrobe. When it was all said and done, the main takeaway was this... Had Marie been alive today, she would definitely be sporting Red Valentino's wares unabashedly and boldly as she took selfies and caroused with the It Girls of the moment. And yes, Cake would be eaten all... Gluten Free, Vegan Cake, of course!