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Valentino Brings the Ballet to the Runway

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"It's Valentino time!" exclaimed Laura Brown, executive editor of Harper's Bazaar, as she got in front of the livestreaming cameras for a pre-show interview. "It's the most wonderful time of the year."

Many would agree. Valentino's current creative directors, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, have been widely praised for their work at the company, sending out hit collection after hit collection that has rocketed the brand into a billion-dollar business.

Fall 2016 was no exception. Chiuri and Piccioli sent out a series of tulle-poofed skirts and dresses paired with leather jackets and layered under giant, welcoming turtlenecks. A single piano played as models swept out in über-feminine, beaded, fluttery gowns, bringing the ballet straight to Valentino's runway.

"The woman is the protagonist of this illustration, free in her gestures and in her thoughts," read show notes scrolling across the bottom of the live stream. (I don't know what that means either, but it sure sounds fun.) "It is in this imaginative relation between dress, eye, and fantasy, that Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli nest the real sense of fashion, today."

In other words, Valentino has another money-making hit on its hands.