If you are still on the note that fashion is so superficial and meaningless, you might want to check yourself again at the door. Fashion, yes, can come and go at some point, but can also communicate the social status of a community at a certain period of time. Clothing is a mute language and whether you recognize it or not, we all speak it everyday by the choices we make in our clothing.
The emperor, Valentino, of our wardrobes, according to WWD, has decided to send us a message with its Pre-Fall 2015 Collection. The message is simple--'Peace, Love and Harmony'' I interpret that as a reflection and a very clear-grasp acknowledgement on what is currently happening in our world society at different levels. Another aspect of the message is about 'multiculturalism' So, basically translating to my terms, "Chill-out and get with the program" Ok, first off, yes, the world can definitely use some TLC with all the current horrific things happening. It all just needs to stop! Now, if you haven't yet noticed that we live in a world that thanks in part to the advancement of technology through human intelligence has proven that we and people that look like us are not alone on this earth nor the world belongs to one tribe only, so take notice now. There is other life on earth and we have all crossed over with each other. Yes, you and I live in a multicultural world that is blending more as time passes. So, let's dust-off our arrogance and/or privilege mind-set and get with the program or we can just live in our own bubble--the choice is there. We can also sit here and dig-in on why exactly humans since the beginning of time have been at it with each other or we can be progressive-thinkers and try to find solutions to our current world social problems that start at our personal level with our families, a true grasp of our personal faiths/belief systems, our communities and neighbors that will lead us to real co-existence.
Valentino's message translates tangibly into bright accentuated hues in forms of flowers, coordinates of boots with clothing, wide-legged pants, butterflies, hemlines from mini to floor-length and colorful stripes that indeed give off a 70's airy and garden vibe. Maybe part of it has to do with their collection collaborations--according to Style.com, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli worked with the British textile designer Celia Birtwell and Italian Artist Giosetta Fioroni. Now, on the topic of the 70's, a period of change, color, experimentation, peace signs and smiling faces. But, more importantly, it was a continuation era of women empowerment. The courageous women of the 60's and 70's are the ones to blame for 'de-sexing the English language', the National Organization of Women was the organization that led for the Equal Rights Amendment to be passed and they encouraged women and girls to get an education. Betty Friedan, American writer, activist and co-founder of the National Organization of Woman sought for women to be part at public and political level. It was during that time that women of that era paved a more equal way for us modern women by dismantling the idea that we don't expect a lot from life and we are subjected to 'head and master' laws. As American women, we have much to be thankful for their fight and struggle. And, although, as much as we want to think the fight is over, it is far from it, as modern women and product of the early women struggle, we have a responsibility to uphold and continue the fight for equality and not forget to pass the light to our own daughters. A light to stand our ground, be true, fair and respect ourselves as well as our counterparts.
Valentino's exquisite 97 piece collection included elements for all occasions in a garden setting--quite appropriate. I particularly love the strap-heels and of course the longer lengths, its escalated take on a fabric so casual like denim and of course demure silhouettes along with the implementation of selective trends like the fringe. Something else to take notice was the cornrow braid hair design presented in the collection, which also was popular in 70's and who has also been the subject of discrimination in the U.S.. I think it's a very important part of the message aside the fact that in modern times it can be safely said that it creates an edge to the overall empowering femininity of the collection, but it also takes the eye to Africa and its origins, which strongly states multiculturalism when done on a light skinned person.
What is to be said about its heart design that reads, "Your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love" in the collection? Well, first being in love is a whole other story that poets have endlessly tried to define. But, the line takes us to a 1955 musical film called Guys and Dolls where Marlon Brandon and Frank Sinatra starred. They are lyrics to a song called 'A Woman In Love' by Frank Laine.
Valentino's continued proclamation of love for the women and her femininity brings a collection full of symbolism, a garden of depicted stories from past and present times but yet at the same time very synced with the contemporary women of today, her surroundings and where love is not an emotion of weakness but an empowering message--for this emperor has not only conquered our wardrobes, but our hearts too. Yes, my eyes are of a woman in love.
"We want to believe in a fantastic future," Grazia Chiuri, Valentino - Style.com
Photo Credits | Style.com
1. Linda Napikoski. "Goals of the Feminist Movement". 1960s - 1970s Feminism: Second Wave Feminism. Women History
2. Linda Napikoski. "Equal Rights Amendment". Equal Rights Amendment Index. Women History
3. "The 1960s-70s American Feminist Movement: Breaking Down Barriers For Women". Taavana
4. E.R. Shipp. "Employees, Firms Clash Over Braided Hair Styles". SunSentinal. 1987