Orchestrated on the grounds of the grand Château de Chantilly, the Valentino F/W couture collection was a culmination of nuanced details that accelerated its grandeur.
After multiple iconic collections etched into people’s memories, Pierpaolo Piccioli has earned the stature of being one of the most sought-after couturiers of this generation. This season was no different, from the enchanting location an hour away from Paris to the synergy that unfolded with each model arriving on the ramp – everything about the show was spell-binding.
The front row was packed with A-list celebrities like actor Florence Pugh, Son Ye-Jin, director Baz Luhrmann and designer Donatella Versace, who also stood up in unison at the end of the show.
What was it about the Valentino F/W couture collection that earned it a standing ovation? Let’s break down the elements in detail.
Bold colour blocking
Colour blocking has become a signature house code for Valentino, but with each passing season, the combinations only seem to get better. Whether it was the merging of champagne, grey with a hint of royal blue or the inclusion of three different shades of green in a single garment — Pierpaolo knows how to surprise the audience with an unconventional burst of colour.
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Château de Chantilly is a majestic castle that beholds an art collection for the ages. 50 miles north of Paris, this location has a luscious botanical serenity that added to the magnitude of Pierpaolo’s opulent vision for this particular line.
The bejewelled danglers stole the show. When Kaia Gerber opened the show in a classic white shirt and a pair of denim, the only element that stood out at first was the beautiful silver shoulder dusters. Studded with precious stones, these earrings can easily become the focal point of any classic red carpet look. As the showcase went on, the earring also transformed into an ombre, blending into the colour of the silhouette — adding a layer of optical illusion to the look.
What at first glance felt an awkward choice for an opening look for a couture show, went on to become the most talked about outfit of the night. The 21-year-old model walked the ramp in deep blue vintage Levi’s jeans encrusted with thousands of beads dyed in 80 hues of blue — the couturier took this everyday denim and turned it into couture, showcasing the versatility and wearability of this art.
Menswear in couture collections is often neglected, but that’s not the case with Pierpaolo’s Valentino. From gender-fluid construction to a myriad of colours and embellishments added to an otherwise normcore category. Offering a fresh perspective for men from the male gaze, the menswear for this season of Valentino definitely upped the ante.
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