The hazy, tropical breeze in Key Largo, Florida has me reminiscent of the spring/summer 2016 Resort collections. The Valentino collection in particular has qualities that any Fashionista/o can appreciate. Their girl dresses as a true bohemian: a free spirit who wears whatever they want while still remaining comfortable. There are bright ’70s prints displayed boldly, but with a modern twist that is unique to Valentino.
Influences from the 1970s were an obvious trend this past year. This theme, intertwined with the Native American/Bohemian/Folklore trends, turned shopping during the summer into a whirlwind of flower power and hippie madness. I remember walking down Oxford Street in London and realizing that every store window contained fringe and ’70s print.
The Valentino resort collection executed this trend in a new, innovative way. Mixing the prints with darker, ethereal fabrics and modern silhouettes completely revamped the trend’s aesthetic. While beading and fringe are still apparent, so are crop tops, studs and sneakers. Though very different, these elements work well together. I find myself admiring the intricate detailing of the lace and embroidery instead of overlooking it as I have found myself doing with other bohemian-style collections.
My resort style look contains a ’70s and bohemian-style blouse combined with dark and detailed accents. I use a silver necklace to give the beaded effect from the show and combine it with my favorite classic aviators and studded black booties. These pieces are key to connecting my look with the Valentino collection. I kept it casual in the Florida environment with a navy bralette, which complemented my top.
Being in the Florida Keys, I could not bring myself to change my typical dark palette due to how bright and casual the environment is. The Valentino resort collection showed me how to dress in a trend-friendly way while still feeling like myself.