VALENTINO HAUTE COUTURE: A BAROQUE INSPIRATION
PICCIOLI SHOWS INSPIRATION FROM 18TH CENTURY PAINTINGS TO PASOLINI FILMS AND ZIGGY STARDUST
Valentino's latest collection closed out couture week with a bang- including towering hairstyles and a revival of dreamlike, extravagant drama. Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli did not shy toward a minimalist stance, but instead ushered in a trend of confident and flamboyant beauty that honors a legacy of powerful women with grand hair.
On Wednesday evening, guests arrived to the Hotel Salomon de Rothchild, and were led around a back path to the iconic garden. Featuring dazzling statues and roses- and hid behind a high, unsuspecting wall- this location is inextricably tied into the magic of the alluring collection. Instead of centering on one certain theme, Piccioli wanted the freedom to explore varying fabrics, styles, and colors.
Displaying his own dreams and emotions through couture is the main concept behind this collection, and it is evident from the sleek, draping robes to the mono-colored simplistic gowns. Colors ranged from deep emerald-green to neon-yellow, without excluding shades of beige and even black.
The aforementioned hair, however, was what stole the cake. Locks were pushed back and teased upward to achieve a sleek, strong look to accompany the bold cuts and statements of the apparel. Although Kaia Gerber is now no stranger to the runway, she still managed to stun audiences with her refined features in contrast to Piccioli's masterpiece of colossal, hazel hair.