For Valentino’s fall/winter 2016 collection, the designers took cues from the stage and brought them to the runway. Inspired by ballerinas and the overall movement of dance, the collection featured tulle skirts, almost-off-the-shoulder tops, body skimming dresses, and pieces that could double as a costume on stage. The collection was in many ways dainty, with wispy hemlines, thin straps, and gorgeous neutral tones. At other moments, a sexiness was revealed through deep v-neck and sheer fabrics. The collection, which was highlighted by the sounds of a pianist playing compositions by John Cage and Philip Glass, was incredibly feminine. Designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli went from simple to elaborate gowns, ending the collection with intricate beading and delicate fabrics. Outerwear was thrown on top, with a leather jacket contrasting the whimsical collection in the best way. Over a neutral turtleneck was a burgundy trench coat, adding a touch of edge to the pretty looks. One common factor for the Valentino models? A ballerina bun, of course.











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