The fashion company Valentino has a rich history of elegance. After all, Valentino boasts high profile moments such as designing wedding dresses for Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lopez, and a Swedish Princess.
In a comprehensive event, Valentino showcased its Spring 2018 Couture Collection in a lovely conclusion to Haute Couture Week in Paris. The pieces were beautiful, as were the magnificent columns in the background, which set the stage brilliantly.
It’s rumored that founder Valentino Garavani once said, “I love the 2000s because everyone started to love haute couture.” Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli honors this sentiment with pieces that capture the custom-fitted nature of haute couture.
A number of models wore clothing with meticulously designed flowers incorporated. Personally, I find the bright blue coloring entrancing. This kind of detail catches the eye and elevates the collection as a whole to a new level.
The most defining moments of the fashion show manifested in the bolder clothing on display. Normally, yellow and blue can clash worse than a playlist with pop and classical music. Valentino works miracles by using simpler clothing to tie the louder components together.
I also love the dark purple, lilac, and yellow combination because the result is easy on the eyes when it shouldn’t be. However, the most memorable aspect of the collection without question was the presence of feathered hats. In motion, they sway in a rather organic manner. Most importantly, they epitomized the brave route that Valentino took with this collection.
In contrast to the bolder style, there were a fair few models working a more classic Valentino look. Note the sophistication that arises with the longer length pieces, particularly when combined with the evening gloves.
Fittingly, Creative Director Pierpaolo Piccioli received a thunderous round of applause after the models left the runway. I’m of the opinion that the praise for Piccioli was not only for this collection, but also his wider contributions to Valentino. This is the man who worked alongside Maria Grazia Chiuri, now Creative Director of Dior, to reinvigorate Valentino’s place in fashion. With Piccioli leading the way forward for Valentino, keep an eye on this brand.
Photos: © VALENTINO S.p.A.
By Kishan Patel