Valentino's Pre-Fall 2019 is like looking at the world with rose-coloured glasses. Literally. Imagine this: red dresses in full bloom – complete with frills, flare sleeves and ribbons – sashaying down the runway. The vivid, deep red colour makes my Christmas-loving heart aglow, reminding me of ruby red tinsels and gifts I am yet to wrap. Why, some of the dresses, without pun, might even feel like Christmas trees exploding with so much ornamentation, you'll only need to wear a star on your head. No kidding; if you're covered with red from neck to toe, people are going to take you seriously.
Okay, so this shade wasn't primarily chosen for its Christmas spirit. Valentino's Pre-Fall 2019 makes a debut in Tokyo so naturally, it's taken a few pages from oriental-inspired concepts that will be culturally attuned to the style-loving Tokyoites. We're talking about temples, the deep red colour of the sun on its flag, or the stage makeup popularly worn in kabuki theatres. It is with this line of thought that on the runway, Pat McGrath accentuated the bold colour with the Japanese traditional eyeliner. Yes, folks. Red lines in sharp strokes covered with a thick cat's eye. Very Asian. And to keep the colours cool, McGrath blessed the models’ lips with a tone of cornflower blue in matte or a sultry nude. This stark opposite created a very gorgeous look with the eye makeup popping out; clean and perfect for the holiday spirit.
What stole the show for me? Many things. I am in-love with the blooming frill dress draped with a pussy ribbon that glided along the runway like a perfect holiday one piece. The giant fur coat that looked like a cocoon? Lovely. Floral lace frilly dresses invite you to swing in them as you walk; there's bounce and movement in it while still retaining that feminine touch. Of course, one should never lose the prints, and Valentino never failed to deliver with their smothering of red on black or orange on red, making this collection a lovely rendition of nostalgic gardens in fall season.
So, it wasn't just red; further on to the collection, there were glimpses of black in chic lace and shiny metallics, and also the lauded appearance of white swirl waves on knitted sweatshirts and patterned one-pieces. Somewhere in between, a pop of colour ensures, and there goes the red again, gleaming along the bags, the collars, the jacket prints and boots. Cascading down the line are shades of blue and pink in soft pastels, a winter favourite, but I'd tell you, nothing roused my heart than the tinge of red which Valentino beautifully manipulated into to-drool-over dresses. It’s spirited, it’s classy, it’s powerfully womanly. It could be passion, it could be love. Or it could be all of the above. Who doesn’t want a piece of Valentino’s Pre-Fall 2019 in their closet?
I mean, it's Christmas time. This blooming colour, the hue of poinsettias, Santa Claus' romper and Rudolph's nose embodies everything I love about this season. And while I'm ogling at this thought, I should be thinking about gifts to myself, and maybe one of those dazzling dresses will make my heart all the merrier.