FASHION FROM ABROAD: Downright Dramatic

Fashion From Abroad

I was fortunate enough to see the “Valentino: Master of Couture” exhibit at the Somerset House before it closed. The exhibit was filled with jaw-dropping gorgeous dresses, each completely unique. The months and even years it took to make each piece only reinforces the fact that the synonym for Valentino is drama. Whether it was a dress hand beaded with Swarovski crystals or a black gown, all were guaranteed to make a statement and make any Fashionista/o swoon.

This Fashionisto was just as excited as I was to visit the exhibit. As we chatted, it was clear that he was equally inspired by the powerful theatrical elements of Valentino’s collections. I took his picture because his outfit exuded the same type of drama also demonstrated through Valentino’s garments. This drama is mainly expressed through his black coat. The coat, basic in fit, has an unexpected twist – horsehair trim that follows the lapels of the coat. The trim is unique, something that caused me to do a double take. Most importantly, it adds a layer of show that people are intrigued by. Beneath his coat, this Fashionista wears a multi-colored knit sweater, which adds more texture to his look. To keep attention focused on his statement piece, the coat, he keeps the rest of his outfit basic. He sports a black skinny pant, navy boat shoes and wears a white button-down underneath his sweater.

This Fashionisto, like Valentino, really understands the fun in making a statement. The detail put into each Valentino garment is what really makes them extravagant and dramatic. This Fashionisto took inspiration from that and it seems through the detailing in his coat he has achieved drama.


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