When speaking of Valentino, beautiful floor-length dresses of ethereal and celestial design and tailoring immediately come to mind, and Spring/Summer 2016's Haute Couture collection unquestionably epitomizes this imagery of timeless movement and grace.
This season, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli orchestrated an airy collection of fairies, nymphs and goddesses, inspired by the Delphos dress by Mariano Fortuny and the time-stopping, empathic movements of ballerinas Loïe Fuller, Ruth St. Denis and Isadora Duncan. Emotions are translated into modern silhouettes on floor-sweeping Grecian goddesses, walking barefoot and wearing gold serpent metal headpieces and body chains linked with golden medallions or squares.
Sheer was used sparingly, and instead, this collection emphasized on the House's handmade touches to velvet, rendering the fabric in embroidered patchwork, pleated, and patinated variations in orange-red, black, cerulean and moss-green.
These looks will surely be having lots of red carpet appearances later this season.
Click through to see all 66 looks, and scroll down to watch the Valentino Haute Couture SS16 Collection from Paris Couture Week.
All images courtesy of Valentino.