Shortly after the couture season ended with the Valentino collection, rumors began to swirl around heavily that one of the house’s designers, Maria Grazia Chiuri, would be departing for Dior.

The collection which they, Chiuri and her partner Pier Paolo Piccioli, showed on Wednesday was their swan song collection for the house together after about 26 years working together (17 years at Valentino).

left, Maria Grazia Chiuri. right, finale look from the Valentino fall 2016 Haute Couture collection.

The collection, which was Elizabethan-themed featured white neck ruffs, puff sleeves, and spare floor-length robes of monastic proportions; an inspiration that comes as no surprise seeing as the designers who reside in Rome, are surrounded by portraiture, architecture, and Catholicism of the Renaissance.

The show was emotional and elegant, qualities Chiuri will be sure to inject to her new position as Christian Dior’s creative director, which by the way makes her the first female ever to head the historic house.

As for the future of Valentino, Pier Paolo Piccioli who has done this for over two decades is sure to maintain the house’s high luxurious standard.

Author: Kayito Nwokedi