Free-spirited rebellion: Valentino Menswear Fall 2016

The news of Maria Grazia Chirui’s departure from Valentino, which she has helmed alongside Pierpaolo Piccioli for 17 years, has come as a great shock to the fashion industry, leaving us all to wonder, will she be Dior’s next creative director?

But before all this, the former Valentino duo explored existentialism and themes of the wild and wilderness in their collection for menswear this Fall. Sending models down the runway resembling explorers embarking on a quest of self-discovery, there was a good mix of edgy punk rock and a more curious, psychedelic vibe.

Denim became a canvas that was manipulated to showcase traces of the Pacific Northwest in the form of tribal embellishments on tie-dyed jackets and jeans with a cool, rocker aesthetic. The theme of exploration was channeled through hypnotic Navajo-printed blankets and sage robes that seemed to reference a more earthy, spiritual journey. Seventies-inspired plaid was also a key print in this collection which further accentuated the punk vibes. Tartan plaid shirts, often worn together, created a patchwork of several different hues.

With a strong aesthetic that brings many ideas together, we take a look behind-the-scenes of Valentino’s Fall show to further illustrate this rebellious, inquisitive collection.

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Part of the mood board for Valentino’s Menswear Fall 2016, showcasing the Navajo tribe as their main print inspiration.

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Another part of the mood board exhibited rebels dating back to the seventies’ punk rock aesthetics.

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Models prep for hair and make up before the start of the show.

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Intricate detailing and embroideries on a denim jacket made it a thoroughly covetable item.

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The mix of rockstar rebel and explorer can be seen here on a model wearing a Navajo-printed coat, paired with an olive green coloured studded bag.

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Models in Valentino pose for the camera as they wait for their turn to walk down the runway.

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This hippie-inspired jacket with a psychedelic tie-dyed print also features butterfly embroidery and tribal embellishments.

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Leather and fringe evokes the rock ‘n’ roll, bohemian vibe of the seventies.

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Khaki was very much omnipresent in the collection, recalling a wilderness and exploration theme.

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These denim jackets and their psychedelic detailing are sure to be hot all this season.