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Giambattista Valli turned to the prim and proper style of English equestrian for his fall/winter 2015 Moncler Gamme Rouge collection. Models traipsed down a winding bucolic path complete with simulated morning fog, and the show finished with a parade of red coats, like those of the English Guard. Indeed, these clothes would look quite at home on a grand aristocratic estate in the English countryside.
Classic tartans and “Prince of Wales” checks featured en mass, and equestrian helmets in a plethora of these prints completed every look. Shoes were either pragmatic wellies or commanding platforms. The palette was pared down prep: black, white, grey, and beige with accents of red and military green, but it was vivified by a host of textures including fur, wool, patent, vinyl, mesh, and mohair. Mini skirts and thigh-cropped coats were worn with black knee-padded leggings. Silhouettes accentuated the waist, but no two looks were quite the same. One of our favorites featured a clear vinyl coat worn over a turtle necked, black and white “Prince of Wales” print mini dress, with matching wellingtons and floral-appliqued helmet.