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Fashion Moment: Valentino Haute Couture Mirabilia Romae Show

Earlier this month, Valentino’s Fall 2015 Couture collection graced the runway in Rome, giving the world a glimpse of the latest creations from the beloved fashion house. The show bore the title “Mirabilia Romae,” which translates from the Latin into “Marvels of Rome.” And marvel is just what all in attendance did.

Held in the center of the city in the Piazza Mignanelli, the open air venue set the quintessential stage to showcase Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s dramatic designs. The show featured a large celebrity presence, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Mika, Olivia Palmero and Tilda Swinton, as well as others who arrived from all corners of the globe.

Gwyneth Paltrow attends Mirabilia Romae in Valentino’s signature red

Gwyneth Paltrow attends Mirabilia Romae in Valentino’s signature red

Tilda Swinton in a white gown

Tilda Swinton in a white gown

Olivia Palermo poses in an extravagant black tulle creation

Olivia Palermo poses in an extravagant black tulle creation

(Not So) Little Black Dresses

Mirabilia Romae opened with a selection of magnificent black gowns, a striking shift from the patterned couture designs of seasons past. The noir pieces were accessorized with dazzling gold necklaces by Alessandro Gaggio.

Tulle gown with low scooping neckline features a black swan, complete with feather details

Tulle gown with low scooping neckline features a black swan, complete with feather details

Velvet design with mini cape accent and side slit

Velvet design with mini cape accent and side slit

Floor length cape with sheer tulle underlay

Floor length cape with sheer tulle underlay

Gladiator minidress catches the light for a hint of delicate glimmer

Gladiator minidress catches the light for a hint of delicate glimmer

The Golden Hour

The time just before sunset elicits a magical effect – the light becomes softer, more luminous. Valentino channels that end of the day glow in these shimmering metallic looks, reflecting the light of Rome’s famous golden hour.

Gold leaves climb the trellis structure of this creation

Gold leaves climb the trellis structure of this creation

Short and shining design boasts feathers and feminine beading

Short and shining design boasts feathers and feminine beading

Gold leather features intricate cut outs, providing pops of red

Gold leather features intricate cut outs, providing pops of red

Eye-catching gown clad in rich colors and glimmers of gold

Eye-catching gown clad in rich colors and glimmers of gold

Radiant in Red

For the last act of Mirabilia Romae, Valentino’s iconic red made its appearance on the runway, in elegant gowns that were nothing short of stunning.

One-shoulder satin gown draws inspiration from the Roman toga

One-shoulder satin gown draws inspiration from the Roman toga

Sheer column dress with high neck, pleated skirt and thin gold belt

Sheer column dress with high neck, pleated skirt and thin gold belt

Luxurious velvet gown with full skirt is fit for a goddess

Luxurious velvet gown with full skirt is fit for a goddess

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli close Mirabilia Romae to a standing ovation

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli close Mirabilia Romae to a standing ovation

 

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