It was Dutch & Flemish painters’ work that represented a consistent source of inspiration for Valentino’s creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Vermeer’s work, in particular, has been reflected in the aesthetic that the two designers have envisioned for this fall’s ready-to-wear collection. “Girl with the Pearl Earring”, for example, has been masterly interpreted and reproduced in very calm and serene looks, two attributes that Chiuri and Piccioli found in the Flemish masters’s work. The white collar – a representative element of the seventeenth-century Dutch fashion, the Delft pottery motifs, the velvet, the Dutch still life paintings, the neckline cuts, the one side braid hairstyle, the delicate and simple headbands, all merged into an outstanding well-executed collection. My favorite look is a black gown enlivened with floral motifs that is pure Valentino perfection. See it and more below:
Oh, by the way, even if you have already seen the film starring Scarlett Johanson as the girl with the pearl earring and Colin Firth as Johannes Vermeer, I wholeheartedly recommend you Tracy Chevalier‘s “Girl with the Pearl earring” book as well.
pictures by Yannis Vlamos
see full collection on vogue.com