Valentino's Fall Couture Show Was Basically a 'Game of Thrones' Episode

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The Valentino finale. Photo: Imaxtree

The Valentino finale. Photo: Imaxtree

Since "Game of Thrones" debuted on HBO five years ago, designers have seemingly been just as intrigued by the costumes on the show as the rest of the viewers around the world. Manish Arora showed a GoT-inspired collection in Paris this past March, complete with the theme song playing on the runway. In 2012, Helmut Lang designers (at the time) Michael and Nicole Colovos showed a blatant GoT collection as well. And now, it appears Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are the latest to be influenced by the style of the Seven Kingdoms.  

The brand's fall 2015 couture show in Rome was technically inspired by ancient Rome. As the models began to walk, someone tweeted: "this will probably be ripped off by game of thrones." What is actually more accurate, it seems, is that the costumes in "Game of Thrones" also have Roman-inspired roots. Indoor plumbing and fashion that endures through the ages?  What an amazing civilization. 

But let's look at the similarities, because that's just fun — and also an excuse to talk about the show some more now that the season is over:

Similar necklines. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Similar necklines. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Missandei's slave dress and Valentino's halter dress look mighty similar. 

More similar necklines. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

More similar necklines. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

This was Daenerys's signature neckline in season five. If she ever goes goth, the show's costume department can just call in this black number. Bonus points for the cape, which is also a signature element.

Remember when Margaery married Joffrey? Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Remember when Margaery married Joffrey? Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

The Valentino dress here is sort of an amalgam of a lot of things that Margaery has worn, but the metallic plant overlay really reminded me of her Purple Wedding outfit. 

Daenerys's signature sleeves. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Daenerys's signature sleeves. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Another option for Goth Khaleesi. I'm not sure what that animal on the Valentino gown is, but it could be a dragon, right?

Margaery's second, no, third, wedding. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Margaery's second, no, third, wedding. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

And now here's Margaery marrying Joffrey's little brother in gold. Unrelated: Hanne Gaby Odiele would make an excellent addition to the show. I can see her hanging out with Cersei. 

Sansa's dark period. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Sansa's dark period. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

This whole collection, which featured primarily black gowns, would have been a dream for Sansa when she was in her short-lived dark period. 

Red hot Melisandre. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

Red hot Melisandre. Photos: HBO/Imaxtree

There are several potential dress options for Melisandre to choose from in her preferred shade of scarlet, the color of fire. In which she likes to burn people alive. 

But in all seriousness, this show was really beautiful. Check out every look from the Valentino show below.