From last season's African wild we were transported to the world's most famous stages with Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli's beautifully balletic Valentino collection, inspired by the emotion that dance and music bring. From the obvious – frothy tutus, scoop-neck jersey bodysuits, tulle gowns and Rockstudded ballet slippers – to the more contemporary – shearling-lined parkas over sequin midi dresses and combat boots – the supremely elegant line-up played out in a palette of pale pinks and nudes, and inky blacks to contrast.
There was a definite air of lightness and fluidity via sheer skirts and ruffled evening dresses, some which stayed true to the design duo's signature silhouette of long-sleeve columns, while others appeared as whispy slips paired with shimmering stockings and dancing sandals.
As ever, this was a collection that was perfectly tempered between being incredibly wearable and totally aspirational – the only added requirement is perfect posture.
"Starting with the black swan but moving gracefully on to the innocent white (in this case nude) swan, the ballet-inspired Valentino show was another spectacle of romantic design at its best. Chiuri and Piccioli’s black swan wore thick-ribbed, cropped turtlenecks under dresses and over long tulle skirts, with outfits rounded out with lust-worthy navy outerwear and black combat boots. We then moved on to the white swan in fluid silk jersey dresses with ballerina slippers. After leaving the studio, this swan changed into the signature gowns we have come to love - layers and layers of embroidered tulle with embroidered maxi coats on top. Beautiful," said Helen David, Harrods Chief Merchant, of the show.